Matt Stuart | Look Both Ways | Gallery Opening and Reception | Thu, Mar 31, 2016 | 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Join us on Thursday, March 31st at 7:30 PM for a gallery opening and reception for UK street photographer Matt Stuart. Says Matt, "I can’t hide behind lights and technology, I am reliant on a small camera, patience and lots of optimism. But what I get in return is the chance to make an honest picture which people know immediately is a genuine moment and which hopefully burrows deep into their memories."
This event is kindly sponsored by Brooklyn Brewery. Participants will be able to sample some of their amazing craft beers throughout the evening. Brooklyn Brewery is one of the largest craft breweries in the United States, producing a portfolio of traditional and experimental beers sure to impress any beer drinker.
Growing up in London, Matt Stuart spent most of his childhood rolling along the streets on his skateboard. Twenty years later, he walks these same streets, and instead of hearing the hum of skateboard wheels, he hears the click of the shutter being fired from his Leica rangefinder camera.
When Matt Stuart was in his twenties his father gave him two books, one by Henri Cartier-Bresson and the other by Robert Frank. It was then that he became enamored of the world of street photography and discovered other artists who were doing the same. Today, when he isn’t at home with his family, he is either working as a commercial advertising photographer or pursuing his passion for documenting life on the streets.
Matt Stuart’s style of documentary is whimsical and full of color. Where most photographers are content to capture a single subject, Matt finds a way to juxtapose multiple objects and people in a way that highlights what is humorous about the everyday. His photos have a way of making you chuckle or smile. I am not sure which came first, being nosey or an interest in ‘street photography’, but a fascination with people and the way they live their lives is why I enjoy the business so much.
Matt's feature in the New York Times Lens Blog is worth a read. Below you'll find a video of Matt discussing his work.
How long have you been shooting on the street? 20 years.
What film camera do you use? I use a Leica MP with a 35mm f2 Leica Summicron lens
What film do you use? Fuji Superia 200/400
How many rolls of film do you use a week? At least three rolls a day. I never leave the house without my camera.
Do you use digital? Yes I do, for commercial work.
What digital camera do you use? I use a Leica M240 with a 35mm f1.4 Summilux lens
Do you stage or digitally manipulate your photographs? No, I spend a great deal of time walking the streets trying to capture moments. The only photographs on my website that are staged or digitally manipulated are the photographs clearly labeled as ‘adverts’ in the commissioned section.
Who are your photographic influences? Garry Winogrand, Joel Meyerowitz, Lee Friedlander, Robert Frank, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Leonard Freed and Tony Ray-Jones
Did you learn photography at college? No, I assisted a photographer for 3 years.
Do you need an assistant? I don’t work with an assistant on the street, for commercial work I already have an assistant.
Do you give private lessons? Yes I do, please email me for costs and availability.
Do you have a book of your photography available? I am working on a book of photographs taken in London called "All that life can afford". This will be available 1st February 2016.
Do you run into any trouble taking photographs of strangers? Very rarely. I have learned to be quick and discreet photographing in public. If I am ever stopped or asked about what I am doing, I try to be polite and move on as quickly as possible.
What advice would you give to someone starting in street photography? Buy a good pair of comfortable shoes, have a camera around your neck at all times, keep your elbows in, be patient, optimistic and don’t forget to smile.