Portrait of Matt Writtle

Contact

M: +44-7977200273

E: mail@mattwrittle.com

 

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, document its cultural change, adaptation 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 current project Sunday: A Portrait of 21st Century England will be presented as an art book and launched at the Photographer’s Gallery 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 ‘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.

 

Awards, Exhibitions and Publications

  • #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
  • Salon/14 Photofusion Annual Members 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 Silver Medal, Documentary 2004
  • Newspaper Society of Hong Kong awards; 2001 1st runner up, Sport. 2nd runner up, Features
  • Banks’s Midlands Photography Award; 1997 1st prize Young Photographer of the Year

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