Portrait of Matt Writtle


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I’m a documentary and portrait photographer from the Black Country, now based in London. My practise is focused on giving a voice to the person who is rarely heard, showing a fresh side to a face that we are weary of seeing, or revealing a world that we never new existed. My camera allows me to capture life’s nuances and document its cultural change and evolution, in an honest, arresting and insightful way.

Since 1992, I have 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 I am also represented by eyevine photographic library.

My project Sunday: A Portrait of 21st Century England was presented as an art book and launched at the Photographer’s Gallery in London in October 2017. The project 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 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.

My practise has evolved to include short films. ‘Hannah and Her Sisters’ appeared in the recent Still/Moving DSLR Film Festival by Photofusion in Brixton, London and Hastings.

Sunday Media Coverage

Awards, Exhibitions and Publications

  • ‘Healthy Lives Photography Commission’ Exhibition, The Health Foundation, Somerset House, London, 2018
  • ‘Healthy Lives Photography Commission’ Exhibition, Royal Society for Public Health, London, 2018
  • International Photography Awards 2018: Book Professional Self Published; 3rd Prize.
  • Documentary Family Awards 2018-Category: Birth; 1st Place.
  • Documentary Family Awards 2018-Category: Nothing Is Better Than Real Life; 5th Place.
  • Photofusion Salon/17 Annual Photography Show, Brixton, London 2017: Selected Book; ‘Sunday: A Portrait of 21st Century England’
  • ‘Sunday: A Portrait of 21st Century England’ solo exhibition, A Side/B Side Gallery, Hackney, November 2017
  • The Photographers’ Gallery, ‘Sunday: A Portrait of 21st Century England’ book launch, October 2017
  • #illridewithyou group exhibition by Paper Planes Collective, London 2017: ‘Sunday: The Ramblers’
  • The Orwell Prize for Exposing Social Evils, Short Listed: London Evening Standard, ‘The Estate We’re In’ 2016
  • Photofusion Salon/14  Annual Photography Show, Brixton, London 2014; Selected Film; ‘Hannah and Her Sisters’
  • Still/Moving DSLR Film Festival, Brixton, London 2014; Selected Film Documentary Category; ‘Hannah and Her Sisters’
  • British Press Awards 2011; Campaign of the Year; Photographer for the London Evening Standards’ The Dispossessed Campaign
  • Portraits for Posterity 2008-present; A commemoration of Holocaust Survivors living in Great Britain
  • One Vision European Photographic Awards 2005; 1st Prize UK Professional
  • London Photographic Awards; Highly Commended, Let’s Face It Portrait 2005
  • London Photographic Awards; Silver Medal, Documentary 2004
  • Newspaper Society of Hong Kong awards; 2001 1st runner up, Sport.
  • Newspaper Society of Hong Kong awards; 2001 2nd runner up, Features
  • Banks’s Midlands Photography Award; 1997 1st prize Young Photographer of the Year

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