Matt MacPake is a photographer living in London. His work is a study of community, place, and family. Throughout his work, Matt looks at daily life in the neighbourhoods and streets he walks and lives in.
This year, Matt's portrait 'A Lady Dancing' was a winner in the British Journal of Photography's Portrait of Humanity award. It was featured in the Hoxton Mini Press book and exhibited in Photo22 (Melbourne) and India FotoFest. Matt was also shortlisted for the Portrait of Britain award and has been featured in the Then There Was Us Annual, AND.
In 2015, Matt's project, To and from the North Circular, was shortlisted for The Bar Tur award at the Photographers Gallery. The portrait of security guard John came fourth in that year's Portrait Salon and was featured in The Guardian and BBC. Recently, just before the pandemic, Matt exhibited in London at Photofusions, Sixteen xS2AU (2020). Matt also was part of an artist talk series called, Fam: What does Fam mean to you? Hosted by Photofusion and curated by the collective S2AU.
In 2019 Matt had three images selected for The Portrait of Britain, Hoxton Mini Press book (Vol 2). The portrait of Matt's daughter Dottie (Breakfast at Nana’s, Carlisle, 2018) was selected as a winner and featured in a nationwide exhibition on JCDecaux screens.
Matt was born in the northwest of England (1978) and studied Photography Ba (Hons) at Blackpool and Fylde College graduating in 2005. In 2015 Matt received a Master’s in Photography from the University of Hertfordshire being awarded a Distinction.
Matt has shown work in Berlin, San Francisco, Tokyo, Des Moines IA, Johannesburg, Krakow, London, Bristol, and Brighton.
In recent years Matt’s work has been featured in The British Journal of Photography, Palm Photo Prize, Reclaim Photography Festival, Photo East, and Bristol Photography Festival. Matt is a senior photography lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire and programme leader. He is currently working on projects about his daughter, the children in his connected family, and the capital city London.
Please reach out if you would like to know more about Matt and his work.