Patrick Hoelck (pronounced /hɒl.lɒk/; born September 7, 1968) is an American filmmaker and photographer based in Los Angeles and New York City. He has received considerable recognition as a photographer for fine art and celebrity advertisements. In addition, he has directed several mainstream music videos.
Hoelck’s career began at the young age of sixteen as a music video director in New York City, and later in Los Angeles. Hoelck’s self-published photography book, “Tar”, was the catalyst for his late-career emergence as a professional photographer. “Tar” consists of several personal short stories and prose entries about Hoelck’s early days living in New York City, and his experiences as a drug addict and self-abuser. An early break came for Hoelck when close friend and artist, Vincent Gallo, specially requested Hoelck over the late Richard Avedon for the cover of British magazine, “Flux”. Later Hoelck produced “Cigarettes and Coffee” for Paul Thomas Anderson.