Delighted to belatedly learn that I am a finalist for the ONWARD Compe ’14 Exhibition at Project Basho in Philadelphia, PA! Exhibition opening at Project Basho on March 1, 2014!
Thrilled to be launching FLASHLIGHT PROJECTS, a new photography-for-hire venture based in Somerville, Massachusetts. Please take a moment to survey the new site, and contact or refer me if you need high quality photography for your wedding, family, child, or event!
Very thrilled to be included in Petty Thieves Four: Coast to Coast by the folks at Empty Stretch.
Look for more information soon about the release of this exciting new zine.
I just migrated my teaching materials for BASIC BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY to the main site. Please check them out here: http://matthewswarts.com/teaching/basic-black-white-photography/about/
Delighted to have work in PETTY THIEVES THREE (A one night projection party) sponsored by EMPTY STRETCH + FURTHERMORE: November 8, 2013, 8-11pm @ Petworth Citizen & Reading Room, 829 Upshur St. NW, Washington DC!
Many thanks to Jordan Swartz and Empty Stretch for selecting my work!
I am honored to have work in the CCRI Faculty Exhibition on the Knight Campus in Warwick, Rhode Island.
The show is up until October 31st, 2013. Please stop by if you are in the area!
Special thanks to Ricardo Rivera, for organizing and hanging the show!
Really delighted to discover the discussion about Joerg Colberg’s musings on portraiture (and BETH) continues on APhotoEditor.
Special thanks to Rob Haggart for bouncing this out!
So delighted to have recently been invited by Stuart Pilkington (UK) to participate in his latest exciting curatorial project, ‘The Swap’!
“Here is Beth, photographed by her partner, Matthew Swarts. Of Beth we, meaning everybody except those who know this young woman in person, have a set of photographs and nothing else. What are we going to make of Beth now? What do these photographs tell us about her? What do they tell us about the photographer? What do they tell us about their relationship?
I don’t think there is a simple answer for any of these questions. This is exactly why the photographs are so compelling. In other words, Swarts’ selfishness has paid off. As a matter of fact, the picture at the very top obviously does not look like a straight photograph, and it isn’t. It’s a scan of a photograph emerging from a broken printer. Machines, of course, cannot be selfish (machines are always only stupid). But people using photographs coming out of broken machines can be.
And Beth, the project, shows how this all comes together, albeit in ways that have the process remain a mystery. That’s the other frustrating thing about portraiture: You will never learn it from other people, only from doing it yourself – however much was, is and will be written about it. These pictures show the same woman in a variety of ways that almost make it seem we’re looking at more than one person. Almost.
It is that “almost” that is crucial here, because in that “almost” lies the fact that while photography cannot literally depict someone’s inner state, it can still make a stab at it. Or rather: A photographer can make a stab at showing us her or (in this case) his idea of that other person’s inner state, which he has no direct access to, either (this is what makes life exciting – life on Vulcan must be perfectly boring).
In the end, what we are looking at then is not clear. All that added uncertainty is what defines photography. This is why machines will never be able to produce real art (the relentless hype by today’s tech fetishists notwithstanding): Machines don’t do uncertainty.”
Our sincerest and most kind thanks to Jörg Colberg for this generous feature!
Delighted to have photographs of my mother and grandmother featured in LAM (Light Architect Magazine): The Grandma Issue:
Honored to be included in a survey of work featured on Greg Jones’ In the In-Between as featured on Le Journal de la Photographie:
Delighted to be featured on SFMOMA’s curated tumblr:
Honored to have been selected by Sarah Kennel, Associate Curator in the Department of Photographs at the National Gallery of Art (Washington, DC), to be a part of this exciting exhibition at Texas Woman’s University. Love this image of guests in front of Beth, Long Beach Island, New Jersey, 2012!
Truly delighted that my work inspired Hannah Stephenson enough to post this beautiful poem on The Storialist.
Happy to be on Tumblr Open Arts!
My most recent coursework is now accessible on the main site: BASIC DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY
So pleased to be featured on the Landscape Stories (Italy) blog today:
Sincerest thanks to Tom Griggs of Fototazo.com for asking me to write about my work in The Image, where photographers discuss a single image in relation to a larger body of work.
Incredibly honored and thrilled to be featured on Flakphoto.com this morning for the second time. Sincerest and warmest thanks to Andy Adams!
Delighted about this new interview for In The In-Between! Sincerest thanks to Greg Jones!
Honored to be featured in the Shpilman Institute for Photography Blog (Tel Aviv, Israel). Sincerest thanks to Rotem Rozental!
Delighted to be featured in the ‘One Picture/One Paragraph’ section of Mark Alice Durant’s excellent new site, Saint Lucy!
Honored and excited to be featured in Fototazo‘s gallery section: http://www.fototazo.com/2012/09/fototazo-115-matthew-swarts.html
Sincerest thanks to Tom Griggs!
Very thrilled to be featured on Flakphoto.com. Many thanks to Andy Adams!