Eric Schwabel is an editorial photographer who was born and raised in Lake Elmo, Minnesota. He currently lives and works in the Venice neighborhood of Los Angeles, where he opened his studio in 2005. Schwabel has shot over a dozen covers and ad campaigns for Pepsi, TiVo and MTV, His subjects include actors, musicians, executives, philanthropists, athletes and random freaks, including transvestites and network executives.
Schwabel has exhibited his work in solo and group exhibitions in New York, Minneapolis and Los Angeles, and his work is held in private collections throughout North America, Asia, Africa and Europe. He was first published while still in college in the Australian art Magazine, Blue. Since then he has been published in "Night Visions" (Gmünder/2008), "Male Nude Next" (Rizzoli/2008), Undressed to Thrill (Blue, 2006). Aside from "Shooting Male" (Gmünder), he is also working on a collection of portraits and interviews in collaboration with the Los Angeles Stage Alliance to be published later this year.
Schwabel's career began at the age of 16 as a studio hand at Macy's Advertising studio, learning how to operate a large format view camera and focus on technical skills and lighting. At age 18, Schwabel moved to New York to study photography at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Schwabel also studied at SPEOS Photographic Institute of Paris, eventually receiving his BFA in Applied Photographic Illustration from RIT in 2003.