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MAY 2018: PhotoEast #iBelong Exhibition.

Thrilled be part of #ibelong18 exhibition which will be shown as part of the PhotoEast Festival 24 May - 24 June. It will be "on the fence" which is a stretch of fencing along the the Waterfront in Ipswich. The exhibition is outside and completely accessible to all, a  few steps to it's left is the University of Suffolk, where the centrepiece to the festival is housed as well as graduate shows. 



My image of Sima will be featured along the waterfront. you can see images submitted on the PhotoEast here #iBelong. Images will be also featured on the PhotoEast instagram feed.


May 2018: Reclaim Photography Festival 

Thrilled to have two images featured in the RPF18 show called reclaiming our future. 

View the fourth teaser video of some of the prints on display Black Country Museum,  Rolfe Street Visitor Centre 19-20 May, & in digital format at the Wolverhampton Archives 10am-1pm Saturday 5 May & Dudley Archives 10am-4:30pm Saturday 19 May.   


May 2018: Shortlisted for RPS International Photography Exhibition 

Delighted to have 5 images shortlisted for this years international photography exhibition. 

You can see the shortlist here. 



May 2018 : Palm Photo Prize 

Thrilled to have been selected for this years Palm Photo Prize.

The show is opening tonight (10/05/18) at the House of Vans, London House of Vans London. I'm delighted to be exhibiting amongst such fantastic photographers.

Voting for 'Way to work' is through Palm Instagram page, each image will get 10 days on instagram. 

So go like it ❤️!

Way to work, is part of a new body of work I've been photographing since 2014, you can see more on my instagram page. The project is in progress.


May 2018: #FotoRoomOPEN | Format Edition Single Image category Winner

Delighted that my portrait of Regan & his dog Trigger was the winner in the FotoRoom Format competition, selected by Flak Photo's Andy Adams

This image is part of a new series I've been photographing since 2014. The project is on-going but keep an eye out for some more new work coming soon.  

Check it out here.



April 2018: PGZ129 Photograd Zine/Print Box 

Delighted to be featured in @_photograd first zine. 
It’s great to be featured alongside wonderful photographers & huge thanks to Melissa for all the amazing hard work you do supporting photo graduates. I appreciate all the support over the last two years! Wow two years since my MA time has flown by! 


Grab your own copy of the zine/prints or books on the online shop. Or just have a look through some of the great features.


April 2018: Print Stuff & Lens Think Book Exhibition 

Really pleased to be part of this show. I'm showing my first 'Between Places' dummy zine as part of the Lensthinkyorks / @Print_Stuff Kiosk Project Space in #York, now until 27th April. Please go & visit & support if you can - lots of photo books, zines, newsprints etc to pore over. Huge thanks to Joanne Coates

The aim is to create some more zines that will be for sale online in the coming year. Keep your eyes peeled! 


Nov 2017: Left A Bit 

Big thanks you to Left a Bit photography blog for featuring my image 'Way to school', & their very kind kind words. 

Great to see such fantastic support for the Portrait Salon. 

There are some interesting features on the blog so do spend some time on their. I'd recommend the Niall McDiarmid interview here. 


Nov 2017: BBC In Pictures

BBC in pictures featured Carol from my Cracker Packers series as part of this years Portrait Salon. 

The Portrait Salon Awards 2017 celebrate images submitted to, and rejected by, the Taylor Wessing National Portrait Gallery Photographic Portrait Prize.

The exhibition will now be shown in The Atrium at Ravensbourne from November 23rd to December 7th.


Nov 2017: Bored teens & drag queens: Portrait Salon 2017 –The Guardian 

Thrilled to have two of my portraits selected for this year’s Portrait Salon by the amazing artist Julie Cockburn.

You can see Carol from my Cracker Packers series featured on The Guardian Online today.

Proud to have a portrait from my series set within the iconic Cumbrian biscuit factory featured in the company of such fantastic photographers. Hopefully this will be the first of many photo projects about Carlisle & Cumbria.


Nov 2017: Portrait Salon 

Delighted to have two images in this years Portrait Salon. I am especially proud as two selected portraits are taken from new bodies of work. 

The image of Carol, is taken from Cracker Packers & the portrait, 'Way to school' is from new series I've been shooting since 2014. 

Have a look at my instagram account I'm showing bits of this project as & when it happens.  


Oct 2017: Photography on a Postcard 

Great to have work with Photography on a Postcard available.  It's for a great cause, please try and support if you can.

"The Hepatitis C Trust’s fundraising arm, Art on a Postcard will transform into Photography on a Postcard for the month of October. plan to replicate the success we’ve had in the art world with photography and held an open call for upcoming talent to show alongside Wolfgang Tillmans, Martin Parr, Dougie Wallace, Edmund Clark, Tom Hunter, Simon Norfolk, Chris Steele Perkins, Jenny Lewis, Homer Sykes, Eleanor Macnair, David Hoffman and many many more well known and loved photographers."

You can see the photographs available here. Most importantly you can support the event by buying a lottery ticket here. 

You can see some of the press for this event here: Wallpaper, British Journal of Photography & It's Nice That.


Aug 2017: Life Framer 'Street Life'

I'm very pleased that the above image was selected by Magnum Photographer David Alan Harvey for the Life Framer 'Street Life' competition. You can see more information here

"Matt’s portrait of three young boys against a busy urban backdrop, from his series ‘To & From the North Circular’, paints a powerful cultural picture of growing up in a suburban landscape. The boys sit precariously on the edge of this steel bridge – a small act of rebellion, of finding recreation in a dull world not designed for them – and I’m drawn to their expressions, to a maturity that belies their age. Perhaps those faces are a consequence of growing up in such a harsh, concrete setting. It’s a wonderful frame from a fascinating series that explores the essential blight of this road network on the communities it passes through."



Aug 2017: BOOOOOOOM.COM Feature

I've been a admirer of Booooooom site for a long time so I'm very pleased to be featured on Booooooom.com checkout it out here.


July 17: Life-Framer Collections. 

My series To & from the North Circular is featured on the fantastic Life-Framer site. Have a look at the feature & other collections here. You can see the current competitions, past winners here.


June 17: Making England's Tea Biscuits 

Cracker Packers was featured on the Edge of Humanity documentary photography blog. Check out the story here. 

Have a look at the fantastic site here. 


April 17: University of Suffolk, Print Auction 

To raise money for their end of year show UOS Photography Degree students are auctioning photography prints & books. 

As part of the Photograd exhibition, see images above, I've donated a print of Wilhelmena you can buy here.

There's some fantastic work and books available please help support the students exhibition in London this summer.


April 17: Photograd Exhibition University of Suffolk

Pleased to be featured in the first Photograd exhibition, celebrating a year of the platform. Huge thanks to photograd for their support over the last year. 

Exhibition runs from April at the University of Suffolk, details here.

 



March 2017: Cracker Packers 

I'm currently showing a new series of images 'Cracker Packers', looks at the iconic Carr's of Carlisle biscuit factory, the workers & the famous British tea time treats. 

Follow me on Instagram I'll be showing this series, including outtakes & some videos this week. 

Carol enjoying her break.

Carr's famous water biscuits.


Feb 2017: New work on Instagram

I'm currently showing new work on Instagram. I started shooting this project back in 2014, whilst working on the North Circular series. This project focuses on London & is shot on medium format black & white 120mm film. 

The series is still ongoing, I'll be posting more images & details later this year. 


Jan 2017: Photograd Spotlight: The Familiar

Great to be featured in Photograd spotlight amongst some fantastic photographers. Huge thanks to Photograd & #PHOTOGRAPHY magazine for your continued support.

In response to the theme of #PHOTOGRAPHY Magazine's current issue, we requested from those featured on the Photograd platform work based around entity and origin, and unique definitions of 'home'. In collaboration with #PHOTOGRAPHY Magazine we're really pleased to present you with The Familiar.


Jan 2017: Hashtag Photography Magazine Europe Edition

Well 2016 has been a very strange & worrying year! 
I'm proud to have work published in the new edition, of the excellent, #Photography magazine, #EuropeEdition

It's amazing to be amongst such fantastic photographers. You can have a read of the magazine here. 

Huge thanks to the Photograd team for selecting my work for this feature.

Cover image: Daniel Garcia Castro

Here's hoping 2017 is better for everybody all over the world.


Dec 2016: Spectrum Instagram Takeover 

I'll be taking over the Spectrum Instagram account this week in the build up to Christmas. I'll be showing a selection of my work including some new projects not seen previously. Follow all the action here

You can find my personal Instagram account here @mattmacpake


Nov 2016: Photograd Spotlight, Jon Tonks

I'm delighted to have been selected in Photograd Spotlight feature by the brilliant Jon Tonks, thank you for your kind words. 

"Matt’s work is very solid and graphically interesting, and To & from the North Circular is a very appealing body of work. An A-road could be considered a rather unusual starting point for a project, however, it’s testament to taking a relatively simple idea and allowing it to flourish into a great selection of photographs - the behemoth lump that is 27.5 miles of concrete anchors the work to a geographical location for the audience to understand and relate to, tying it together and resulting in a wonderful series."


Sept 2016: British Journal of Photography - 'Portrait of Britain'

Wilhelmena, St Pancras Station, London 2016 - (Image: Matt MacPake) 

Wilhelmena, Angel Bus Stop, London 2016 - (Image: Matt MacPake) 

Wilhelmena, Angel Bus Stop, London 2016 - (Image: Matt MacPake) 

Wilhelmena, Liverpool St Station, London 2016 - (Image: Paul Meyler) - Huge thanks to Paul for sending me this image!  


Sept 2016: Crack Magazine Notting Hill Carnival 

"Photographer Matthew MacPake spent his 2016 carnival piecing together a tableaux of portraits of food vendors, police officers, litter pickers and, of course, performers working in the build up to the big day’s festivities."

Check out the feature, on the excellent Crack Magazine, here.

You can also see more Notting Hill Carnival images in the Journal and Portraits sections of my site.


Sept 2016: British Journal of Photography - 'Portrait of Britain'

Wilhelmena, To & from the North Circular, 2015 - full project

Delighted that 'Wilhelmena', has been selected for the British Journal of Photography - 'Portrait of Britain' exhibition. 

Look out for 'Wilhelmena' & 99 portraits representing Britain today.

Images will be showing across digital network screens in major railway stations, shopping centres, high streets and bus stops around the country.

The exhibition runs from 1st September to 1st November 2016.

See the selected images here.

http://gallery.portraitofbritain.uk/

Buy the Portrait of Britain BJP Magazine

Take a look at the recent features for the Portrait of Britain!

Time Feature, BBC Radio London, HuckDazed, It's Nice ThatMSN & LinkedIn


Aug 2016: Metro Imaging Instagram Takeover

I’m very excited to be taking over Metro Imaging Instagram this week! I’ll be showing work from most recent project ‘To & from the North Circular’, and some new work from my new series later on in the week. Follow all the posts on instagram here @metroimaging 


May 2016: Krakow Photomonth with DER GREIF

I'm very pleased to have work on show at Krakow Photomonth 2016 with DER GREIF Magazine.

My VW image will be shown as part of the performative exhibition during the opening weekend of Krakow Photomonth, starting Thursday May 12 and running until Sunday May 15!

Have a look at the site here


May 2016: Lens Culture

To & from the North Circular is now featured on Lens Culture have a look.


April 2016: Royal Photographic Society International Print Exhibition shortlist.

Very pleased to have made the shortlist for this years Royal Photographic Society International Print Exhibition shortlist

My images of both Alfie & John made this years shortlist. Fingers crossed I make the final selection. Now to sort out the prints!! 


April 2016: Vuu Studio Super Special!

My image of John is featured in the Super Special (Vol 2, Issue 2) of Vuu Studio’s great print zine! Amongst some fantastic images!

Vuu Studio!

check it out Vuu Studio & buy a copy here:

 www.vuu-studio.com


April 2016: Photograd Interview

I was recently interviewed for the newly launched Photograd. We discussed my project To & from the North Circular and my MA. It's now up online have a read & please check out some of the other interviews and features by some excellent photographers!

Huge thanks to Photograd for their support!


April 2016

Photograd went live today!

Have a look at all the wonderful work on there.

I'm very pleased to have been asked to show work and to be featured in the spotlight selection is wonderful. Some lovely comments on my North Circular project! 

Of The Afternoon, Independent Curator 

- Christine Santa-ana: 

"Matt MacPake’s series To and from the North Circular is an example of how well an original idea can work. It could so easily be a literal interpretation, depicting traffic and pollution. Instead, the series is vibrant, full of light and seemingly tranquil."

Link to page

Documentary & Portrait Photographer - Nick Ballon :

“My second pick is Matt MacPake project on the 'dreaded' North Circular. It was hard to pick a single image from this as I think the project needs to be seen as a whole but I thought he captured the essence of such a banal subject like a unloved road very well.”

Link to Page


April 2016: Hashtag Photography Magazine Feature

Very pleased To & from the North Circular is featured in issue 16 of the excellent #Photography magazine.

Take a look here...

Pre-orders are available now!

Cover shot by Mathilde Hiley & Carolina Vaca 


March 2016: Fleur & Arbour - Introducing Photograd

Fleur & Arbour have an excellent interview with Photograd online.

Photograd is a new online platform for sharing the journeys of photography graduates in the UK. I was recently interviewed by Melissa & Lauren, discussing my MA studies & North Circular project. It will be featured soon on photograd.co.uk

In the mean time check out the interview with Photograd Co-Creators Melissa Belton and Lauren Carter here. 


Feb 16:  Reminders Stronghold, Portrait Salon 2015, Tokyo, Japan

Saturday 13th February the Portrait Salon '15 exhibition images from this years Portrait Salon open at The Reminders Photography Stronghold Gallery in Tokyo. 

The opening starts at 4pm so if you know anyone in Tokyo please encourage them to attend and support the gallery.


Jan 16: Photomonitor Portrait Salon

My 4th placed portrait of John is featured on Photomonitor where Carole Evans & James O'Jenkins discuss this years Portrait Salon and the 5th birthday of the competition. Next Stop for these images is Portrait Salon will travel to The Reminders Photography Stronghold Gallery in Tokyo with Yumi Goto from 13th to 28th February 2016. 

This image of Jessy was entered to both the Taylor Wessing and Portrait Salon in 2015


Jan 2016: The Best Photographic Portraits Of 2015

My portrait of John from the series To & from the North Circular was featured in an article by Pete Brook about this years Portrait Salon. I also recommend following Pete's excellent Prison Photography Blog here:http://prisonphotography.org/

View the full project here 'To and from the North Circular'


Dec 15: Another Place Feature

Great to have 'To & from the North Circular' featured on the excellent blog Another Place!

Have a look here.


Dec 15: The Photographers Gallery, Bar Tur, Photobook Award, Shortlisted.

My project ‘To and from the North Circular’ was shortlisted at The Photographers Gallery for this years Bar Tur Photobook Awards. Great to be among such fantastic photographers and I'm proud to have been shortlisted. I'm still hopeful there's some way of bring the project to print in the future. 


Nov 2015: The Portrait Salon 2015 - 4th Place

Great news! My portrait of John was vote 4th in this year's Portrait Salon competition. Thanks for everyone that voted and everyone that came down to the exhibition. Special thanks to everyone at the Portrait Salon, what a great competition! Looking forward to my career advice session with Creative Advice Network. You can see my image and this years winners here.


The Portrait Salon 2015

Over the moon to be part of this excellent competition. Tonight is the private view of this years Portrait Salon.


Embassy Tea Gallery

 The print exhibition will open at 6.30pm on 19th November 2015 at the Embassy Tea Gallery in London and will be accompanied by a new publication that will look back at the past 4 years of Portrait Salon. Visitors to the print exhibition will be able to vote on their favourite three portraits. 


Nov 2015: The Guardian

Great to be featured in yesterday’s Guardian, you can see the article online here. You can see my image of John and the whole project ‘To and from the North Circular’ here.  There's another image on my blog

Looking forward to The Portrait Salon exhibition!  


Nov 2015: BBC In Pictures

My image of John, To & from the North Circular (2015), is featured on the BBC website & BBC Mundo promoting this years Portrait Salon 


Nov 2015: Exhibition Art Gallery University of Hertfordshire 

To celebrate the end of my photography MA I'll will be showing a selection of images taken from 'To & from the North Circular'.


October 2015: Trip Mag Instagram Takeover

This weekend I'll be taking over Trip Mag's Instagram! Posting images from my new series 'Further Education' follow it all here


September 2015: Source Graduate Online

A small selection of my new project 'To and from the North Circular' is featured on the Source Graduate site. The full project will be on here very soon.


August 2015: New Work - Coming Soon!

This years been very busy, working on new projects and finishing my Masters at Hertfordshire University. 


12th Feb 2015     The Photocopy Club & Michael Jang Exhibition San Francisco USA 

Very happy to have a number of images on show in San Francisco for the Photocopy Club & Michael Jang show. I love that city, I could quite happily live there one day! There's a nice video of the show here.


18th Dec 2014    Top Trip Mag Features 2014

My Between Places feature has been included in the top 20 TRIPS of 2014! Have a look at them all here. 


Joburg Photo Umbrella: Collective Exhibition

7th Nov 2014

Very happy to have work involved in the Brighton Photo Biennial & Jorburg Photo Umbrella through WERK CollectiveJoburg Photo Umbrella presents: The Photocopy Club: Collectives, Where: Two by Two Art Studio, Opening: 7 Nov 6 - 8 pm


Brighton Photo Biennial 2014: A Giant Collective

24th Oct - Nov 2014

Very happy to have work involved in the Brighton Photo Biennial, through WERK Collective

As it reads on the website: 

In partnership with Brighton Photo Biennial and Joburg Photo Umbrella, The Photocopy Club made an open call to photographers of all ages and ability to form collectives with their friends, families and peers, and to submit works on the theme of “community”.

Photographers around the world submitted black and white copies of their work and created a “giant collective”, exhibiting both here in Brighton and in Johannesburg.

Matt Martin from The Photocopy Club explains, “We asked people to come up with a collective name and make individual or group images that work around the theme of community. For example: music, religion, sport, art, sex, politics, to think about the cities they live in and the communities living within it.”

Image: © Nigel Green


16th October 2014            Doomed Gallery ‘Doomed’ Zine

I have an image featured in the excellent 'Doomed' zine! Go buy it here!  Have a peak here on A Photo Journal,  my Tumblr blog!  


12th-14th September 2014       The Doomed Gallery – Polaroid Show

I have a few image show show at The Doomed Gallery, Polaroid Show. Loving this poster! 


1st Sept 2014   Oranbeg Press Net08 / Trip Mag Feature: ‘The Kids Are Alright’

I have some images featured on Trip Mags 'The Kids Are Alright', very happy to be alongside some top photographers! 


1st Sept 2014  Oranbeg Press Net08: ‘Contemporary Youth’

I have images featured on Oranbeg Press Net 08 'Contemporary Youth'. Great to be featured amongst such good photographers! 


19th Aug 2014: TRIP Mag California Feature

Images from my California road trip are featured on TRIP Mag


15th August 2014               The Ones We Love Exhibition Viaduct Gallery Des Moines, IA, USA

The Ones We Love Exhibition

Thrilled to be part of The Ones We Love, exhibition in Des Moines! A Big thanks to Lindley Warren and all the other brilliant photographers taking part, very excited to be in such good company! 


11th August 2014  Open Doors Gallery Instagram Takeover

I'm taking over the Open Doors Gallery Instagram feed this week - follow and keep up to date with it all here.

Follow my Instagram feed here @mattmacpakephoto


8th August 2014 TRIP Mag 

Between Places featured on the excellent Trip Mag! 


13th June 2014 TRIP Mag Issue #3

Pleased to have been selected for TRIP Mag Issue #3 a huge thanks to Dean Davies.

In a celebration of the male bravado and contemporary 'LAD' culture, TRIP Mag #3's LAD Mag pays homage to the young men of today.


15th May 2014   The Ones We Love 

Very happy to have work featured on the brilliant 'The Ones We Love' site. A huge thanks to Lindley Warren! More to follow on this one too! 


12th April 2014 Boon

Work from Between Places is featured on Boon


12th April 2014                     

The Photocopy Club Berlin Exhibition Urban Spree Gallery 

I was lucky enough to have a few images in Photocopy Club Berlin  show. Huge thanks to the brilliant Photocopy Club 


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