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 neighborhoods and streets he walks and lives in.
This year, Matt has been featured in, Then There Was Us Annual, AND. As well as being published in this year’s TTWU magazine on Family.
“AND is a celebration of contemporary photographers from across the globe. Each year we strive to celebrate and support the outstanding work of those who are consistently creating unique and powerful stories”.
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 Photofusion's, 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 that and featured in a nationwide exhibition on JCDecaux screens. This was the second time Matt had featured in this award a few years ago, in 2016, his portrait of Wilhelmena from the project 'To and from the North Circular', was shown across the country.
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 kids across his family, and the capital city London.
Please reach out if you'd like to know more about Matt and his work.