Matt Writtle is a documentary and portrait photographer from the Black Country, now based in London. His practise is focused on life. Whether human, animal, plant or mineral, his images reflect the cultural and environmental transition of life, through time.
Since 1992, He has travelled the world documenting news, social and humanitarian issues for various national and international publications such as The Times, London Evening Standard, Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, New York Times, along with a number of commercial, charitable and PR organisations. He is also represented by eyevine photographic library.
His monograph Sunday: A Portrait of 21st Century England was launched at the Photographer’s Gallery in London in October 2017. It documents how people living in England spend their time on this traditional day of rest and challenges the viewer to question the value of leisure time in a digital and consumerist culture. ‘Sunday’ follows on from the successes of previous project such as Portraits for Posterity; a national archive of Holocaust Survivors living in Britain today, which has been, and continues to be, exhibited all over the UK.
Documentary assignments that have further explored the culture surrounding us include ‘Healthy Lives’. A partnership commission from the Royal Society of Public Health and The Health Foundation to document the environment in which we live and illustrate whether it restricts of enables us to live a healthy life. ‘The Estate We’re In’ looking at the poverty and deprivation on London’s housing estates, ‘Muslims in Britain‘ and more internationally at subjects like the Asian tsumani, the displaced in Darfur and ‘Child Marriage in Malawi’.
His practise has evolved to include short films. ‘Pagans’ is a short film looking at youth violence in London from the perspective of Dianni ‘D Boy’ Marriott, who is on the police database known as the Gangs Matrix. ‘Hannah and Her Sisters’ looks at the ancient practise of bee keeping through the eyes of a female airline pilot, and was chosen for appeared in the Still/Moving DSLR Film Festival by Photofusion in Brixton, London and Hastings.