American Photo spoke to Matthew about his new work in Japan. Check it out HERE.
Matthew’s Tokyo work featured in New York Times
The New York Times Magazine featured some of Matthew’s new Tokyo images in a photo essay. Check it out HERE.
Tokyo Opens September 10th at Benrubi Gallery
Matthew’s new Tokyo work will be unveiled on Wednesday, September 10th in NYC at Benrubi Gallery, with a reception open to the public from 6pm – 8pm that evening. The show runs through October 25th, 2014 and marks Matthew’s first foray into color images.
From the artist statement:
“For over a decade now, I have made long exposure photographs using only available light. Across several series and in many cities, I have focused on the passage of time and people within spaces both public and private. My work has addressed the growing role that technology is playing in our lives and the sense of modern seclusion that can seem at odds with the constant connectivity being offered by our smartphones and tablets.
Millions of people file through the streets and subways of Tokyo – the world’s most populous megalopolis – and yet it is often done silently, with each person quietly interacting with their gadgets. That disconnect is at the very heart of so much of our modern existence and part of what I wanted to convey in some of the Tokyo images.
Technology use, as it has in much of the world, has increased exponentially in Tokyo, latching itself onto everything from modern-day cell phone-obsessed geisha women to the ultra-hip neighborhood of Shinjuku, where themed clubs and bars now include high-tech robotics as a featured part of the entertainment. Expecting to encounter the kinetic energy depicted in the William Klein and Andreas Gursky photographs of the Tokyo Stock Exchange, I arrived to discover that the once buzzing trading floor is now run in almost unnerving stillness by computers. While the temples are still revered and deeply respected places of worship, pop culture and rebellion amongst Western-obsessed Japanese youth have crept irreversibly in, forcing sacred and traditional sites to share cultural importance with modern Manga robots and Disney castles.
To capture this shifting energy and some of the surreal scenes I encountered, I have started making color photographs and using much shorter exposures. Photographing for the first time in a completely foreign environment has freed me to look at the world with a renewed sense of wonderment.”
Matthew’s Tokyo project has a preview in The New York Times Magazine. Click here to check out ten new images.
Matthew Pillsbury is thrilled to announce that he is the proud recipient of a 2014 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowship. The foundation is sponsoring his work in Tokyo, which will debut in September at the Bonni Benrubi Gallery. Click here to read the announcement.
The New Yorker reviews “Nate and Me” at the Sasha Wolf Gallery. Click here to read.
Collector Daily reviews “City Stages” at the Aperture Foundation Gallery. Click here to read.
Collector Daily reviews “Nate and Me” at the Sasha Wolf Gallery. Click here to read.
Photograph Magazine reviews “Nate and Me” at the Sasha Wolf Gallery. Click here to read.
“Nate and Me” was featured on the Yale Alumni Magazine – February 27th 2014. Click here to read the post.
“Nate and Me” was featured on Slate.com – Behold Photo Blog, February 25th 2014. Click here to read the post.
Art World Drinks: A Black and White Manhattan
Artinfo.com was inspired by “City Stages” at the Aperture Gallery to create a drink in celebration of the exhibit. Click here for the recipe.
Exhibition – Nate and Me at Sasha Wolf Gallery
This solo exhibit features a selection of photographs featuring Nate and Matthew over the past decade including two never before seen images. The exhibition runs from February 26th to April 20th at the Sasha Wolf Gallery in New York City.
Exhibition – City Stages at Aperture Gallery
This solo exhibit will feature a selection of 30 photographs featured from 2002 to 2013. The exhibition will run from February 20–March 27, 2014 at the Aperture Gallery in New York City.
PARIS PHOTO 2013 – BONNI BENRUBI
Come see Matthew’s photographs at the Grand Palais for Paris Photo. November 14-17th 2013 . Click here for details.
The Blur of Life: City Stages Featured in the New York Times
NEW PHOTOGRAPH FEATURED IN THE NEW YORK TIMES
Matthew’s work is included in “Perchance to Dream” at the Andrea Meislin Gallery and is on view through August 9th.
The New York Times Magazine featured “Manhattanhenge” a new photograph in the Sunday July 7th 2013 issue. Click here to see the story.
Matthew was featured on Slate.com – Behold Photo Blog, January 7, 2013. Click here to read the post.
The Daily Mail online wrote about Matthew. Click here to read.
Time Magazine highlights Matthew’s show at Jackson Fine Art. Click here to see the feature.
The Atlanta Journal Constitution reviewed Matthew’s show at Jackson Fine Art. Click here to read the review.
CNN features Matthew’s work as part of Myths & Realities exhibit. Click here to read the interview.
Karl Johnson writes a feature article on “City Stages” for the current issue of Eyemazing. Click here to read the PDF.
The 6th floor, the New York Times Magazine’s photo blog ran a feature on Matthew’s show at the Bonni Benrubi Gallery. Click here to see it.