Matt Eich doesn’t really have a discernible practice, in my eyes at least. He could be called a documentary photographer, he could be called a photojournalist, he could be called an essayist, he could be called an abstract fine art photographer. Though he’s not really any one of those things. One of the most striking things on his site is a gallery called Family Album – a collection of images from his own, as he calls it, ‘visual lineage’. Images which he was brought up amongst, that serves as a more visceral framework for his understanding of photography. The photograph for Matt Eich could be seen as a collective act, and in this sense, rather than any of the other definitions above he seems to be a purveyor of photographs, who most often makes the images himself. This is probably most obvious though The Sellers Family Album, made up of images taken by Kacey and Lacey sellers, who always had a knack for taking interesting photographs with his cameras. Eich began sending disposable cameras to the twins to see what they came up with. It’s this interest in the image being made, and especially in the possibilities of the untutored eye. These images become something more than just photography, they become part of creating culture.
“Pendulum is the approach of a return journey to the city of L’Aquila in central Italy. My relationship with this place started 12 years before I was born, when my parents met each other accidentally there. I grew up listening to their narrations about this city, I visited it with them as a child, and I moulded their story in my mind.
Simon Bray is a Manchester based documentary and landscape photographer who has created several recognisable projects over the past couple of years. Alongside working as a photographer as a full time job, Simon has released a number of successful books and in 2018 he was invited to produce Martin Parr’s latest commission with Manchester Art Gallery. His project themes touch on sensitive topics and this shows within all of Simon’s work. His latest book sees the release of the long anticipated project – Ambient 4 : On Land. In this interview Simon talks about the inspiration behind the project and how he’s gone about self publishing the series.
There will always be subjectivity when thinking about the past. Whom upset whom, the uncle we don’t talk about, the rose tint of nostalgia always making an appearance. We cannot understand our past unless we understand embracing the unknown and speculative thinking. In what way does thinking about the past change how you see the present. How do certain stories alter the remembrance of the past?
Sometimes it is important to find creativity in the moments or situations of the mundane, to create images, stories and to become the observer; Daniel Weigel’s Generation Z is an examination of young men, identify and emotion, a conversation on age and the modern day man.
India. Far-flung and famous for its food, colourful festivals and fast-growing population, the Asian Subcontinent has unsurprisingly become a popular destination for holidaymakers, entrepreneurs and big-businesses alike. It’s a country where perilous mountains give way to golden sands as visitors traverse, baffled and bewildered, through countless countless cultures, languages and climates. It is so utterly distinct from the UK and yet, in part due to its deeply troubling history at the hands of colonisation, we here in Britain have a longstanding connection with the country.
“Good Night God Bless, a phrase often heard in hushed tones. It is these four words, that resonate memories of my beloved Grandfather. Many years after his death his words came to me when I was sleeping, this moment, joint with the birth of the first male in our family in four generations are what inspired me to begin this body of work.”
As a Jamaican immigrant in the New York suburbs the mid 90’s was a time where the community was on the brink of gentrification. Marred in economic hardship, the town of Spring Valley had one beacon of hope — the memorial park, situated just below Main Street. In the early 2,000’s George Darden was the new mayor in town; he had promised the revitalisation and a decrease in drugs and violence. The first of his big project was redeveloping the Spring Valley Memorial Park. During his tenure, the land that was originally put aside for public housing was illegally sold to Orthodox Jewish developers. This would be the first sign of change that symbolised the impending death of the black community.
“CAMREX is based in Sunderland –a city that has a rich industrial history and was formerly a major shipbuilding hub in North East, England. Camrex House was the site of a long-closed paint factory. The project began when I was casting a feature film drama and the project involved extensive work with non-actors and lots of street casting. As part of this process I met up with an ex-drug-dealer in a pool hall in Teesside and he mentioned that after leaving prison he lived at Camrex House: a city-centre hostel with a notorious reputation. He discussed the hostel with a special kind of loathing. Apparently, he lasted about a fortnight at the hostel before he was offered sanctuary in the form of a friend’s sofa. The contempt he expressed as he talked about the hostel stayed with me and after production on the feature was completed, I visited Camrex eager to explore the characters and stories as a photography project.”
After the loss of his brother and moving to a small french village situated outside of Bordeaux. Social documentary photographer Lewis Brillet’s Homebound explores family, home and sense of place in a beautiful and moving display of honesty. “The comfort of home has become a delicate imbalance of conflicting emotions. At once a source of solidarity and strength, but also a constant reminder of the fragility of life.”
Matt Eich is not one of those photographers who revels on solitude, on the thrill of being away. He’s someone that is naturally introverted (something that makes his documentary photography even more impressive) and dislikes leaving home. As can be seen by the inclusion of Family Album on his website, family is obviously something he regards highly, and a vital part of making work, even if for the most part it isn’t the subject. It is also incredibly difficult (or at least it is for me) to make work about those closest to you. It creates a level of intense intimacy and commitment – whereas on assignment, or even most personal projects – you have a more definable reason to be there: for making images of family there isn’t that separation.
Addiction is not a choice. Addiction is a complex condition, a brain disease that is manifested by compulsive substance use despite harmful consequence. Over an estimated half a million people in the UK have alcohol dependency, and are in need of specialist treatment. Less than one-fifth receive help.
“I became quite dissociated from my surroundings, even when I used to call Bulgaria my home. As I was growing up I remember looking at other people and thinking how they had both nuclear and extended families, more close knit communities and much better understanding of the culture and society in which they belonged to. And that was always something that seemed to be missing for me.”
Born in 1959 in Vienna, Austria. Robert Rutöd has pursued a career in what most people dream of as a creative. An early pursuer of painting eventually led to working on short films, where he wrote and directed various films over nearly a 20 year span. With an internal passion for photography, Robert had been working on different projects throughout his whole career. In 2004, he returned to photography full time and began working on both short and long term projects. We got to chat to Robert around his career and his latest long-term project, Fairy Tales.
In his latest project, Nazar Furyk takes a step back from photojournalism and documents every day life of young people in his hometown.
Five years in the making; experience the triumphs, tragedies and sheer spectacle of “The Kings Of England” – a photobook about Elvis Impersonators. Today, photographer Graeme Oxby launches a photobook Kickstarter taken from a documentary photography project on Elvis Impersonators in The UK called “The Kings Of England”
‘Giants above The Cherries’ is a metaphorical farewell to the town of Kyustendil, Bulgaria – Petar Petrov’s hometown and where he spent the first 19 years of his life. The series touches upon Petrov’s connection with the places and people, the scenery, and the pervading sense of abandonment. Woven into the work are narratives that explore specific issues associated with the place itself; the infrastructure, the youth, resources, culture, ethnic discrimination, and the transition from a socialist to a capitalist governing. We got to chat to Petar about his project and the book that he made to go alongside it.