Statement of the Artist 

The images I find and put onto film, are well thought out compositions that serve several purposes. Giving the client an image of their project that they have never considered or seen before, is my number one goal. This small success is multiplied when the client has the work published, wins an award or helps them land another job. The other purpose appears esoteric at the moment, however the big picture is the preservation of the subject on film to become important historical records of our time. It reflects our society and the course it has taken in design and style. Consider the photographs you see in history books of the turn of the 20th Century or earlier. 



An experienced architectural, industrial and location photographer, Eric Oxendorf is presently celebrating his 39th year serving the design, construction and materials professions. His studio is based in Wisconsin, USA, yet he travels throughout the planet on assignments for many varied clients. His work has been seen in many editorial, professional and trade magazines and has won awards for clients since he graduated from Layton School of Art in 1974. With experience in all types of settings, solving lighting and logistic problems has presented challenges that afford the images to often be unusual and unique.  

As a private pilot, he often flies to locations himself with a complete studio. This ability also makes him an amateur weather forecaster to time the best conditions for the job. Flying to locations also reduces travel expenses for clients.  

Eric has also photographed several books, including 6 children's books and his own self assignments: Domes of America; Italy, at Last! and The Milwaukee City Hall. Despite his experience, he prides himself on doing a job tight within the clients budget. His assignments have taken him to the 50 states, Asian rim, Europe and all of North America.  


As a visual interpreter of the clients product or project, getting the full feedback about their visual problems and providing creative solutions, is key. In addition, knowing the subject matter and recording it in its best light is also essential. Patience is a large factor in getting the subject to look its best. Combine this with the correct lighting or atmospheric conditions, the images should always be optimal for client use for success.  


With over 40,000 images in our files, we offer stock photography for magazines, books, clients or agencies. These images are protected by the Copyright Law and will require a Usage Fee (if you are not the hiring client). All assignments are done with a 'not to exceed' estimate submitted from the clients information and discussions. The photographs are released for use after payment is received, with the materials, expenses and uses considered in the estimate. Eric prides himself in maintaining the clients budget requirements by sharing expenses for travel with other clients as well as discounted fees for multiple assignments or long project lists. 

Layton School of Art, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 

Fine Art Degree, 1974 

Studied with Ansel Adams and Paul Caponigro 

Yosemite, California, 1979 

Studied with Ruth Bernhard and Henry Gilpin 

Carmel, California, 1980 

Ongoing artistic, professional and business seminars and workshops 



Pfister Gallery, joint exhibit, Milwaukee, WI 2016 

JM Kohler Gallery, Sheboygan, WI 

Joint Exhibition, "In Front of the Lens", Domes Collection, 2013 

Hall of States, Washington, D.C. 

One-man show, November 2003-ongoing 

National Headquarters, NCSL , Denver, Colorado 

One-man show ongoing/expanding, July 2003-present 

National Building Museum, Washington D.C. 

One-man show, September, 1995-1996 

Kenosha Museum of Art - Kenosha, Wisconsin 

One-man show, May, 1989 

Cudahy Gallery, Milwaukee, WI 

Selected work, 1986,1987,1988, 1989, 1990, 1991 

University of Wisconsin - Platteville, Platteville, WI 

One-man show, February, 1985 

Ozaukee County Art Center, Cedarburg, Wisconsin 

November, 1984 

Alverno College, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 

One-man show, November, 1981 

Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, Racine, Wisconsin 

Wisconsin photography, February, 1981 

Polish Museum of America, Chicago, Illinois 

May, 1980 

Plaza Gallery, Marine Bank, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 

One-man show, December, 1979 

Honolulu Academy of Art, Honolulu, Hawaii 

One-man show, February, 1979 (three prints in permanent collection) 

Eau Claire Library, Eau Claire, Wisconsin 

One-man show, November, 1977 

Beverly Art Center, Chicago, Illinois 

One-man show, April 1977 

Broadway Gallery, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 

September, 1976 

Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. 

January, 1976 (two prints in permanent collection) 

Paine Art Center, Oshkosh, Wisconsin 

October, 1976 

Other Related Information 

Numerous prints of artwork in major corporate collections 

All work archivaly processed, matted and mounted,  

either color or black and white 


Eric Oxendorf 

Architectural and Location Photography 




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