Portrait of Matt Writtle


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E: mail@mattwrittle.com



I’m a documentary and portrait photographer from the Black Country, now based in London. I love telling stories and feel great satisfaction from 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.

From a conscious age I’ve observed life with fascination. Being let into a stranger’s world is a privilege and 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, The Australian and Hong Kong Standard along with a number of commercial, charitable and PR organisations such as Selfridges, London Business School, London Eye, Thomson, Land Securities, Save the Children, Concern and EveryChild. I am also represented by eyevine photographic library.

Assignments include ‘The Estate We’re In’ looking at the poverty and deprivation on London’s housing estates, London 2012 Olympic Games, the Asian tsumani, the displaced in Darfur, the death of Princess Diana and numerous photo stories on subjects including Child Marriage in Malawi, and Muslims in Britain.

I have also evolved my story telling using video to shooting short films. My film ‘Hannah and Her Sisters’ appeared in the recent Still/Moving DSLR Film Festival by Photofusion in Brixton, London and Hastings, East Sussex.

I continue to pursue personal projects including Sunday: A Portrait of 21st Century England, where I document how people living in England spend their time on the this traditional day of rest, and Portraits for Posterity; a national archive of Holocaust Survivors living in Britain today. The latter having been exhibited all over the UK.

Awards and exhibitions

  • 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
  • Bank’s Midlands Photography Award; 1997 1st prize Young Photographer of the Year

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