Saturday, March 12, 2011
An Amazing Photographer
I had an amazing experience today. One of the featured speakers was a young photographer named Matt, whose work is just stunning! He does documentary photography as his passion, and magazine assignments to pay the bills. He started out documenting the death of a coal town in Ohio, and then by a lucky circumstance, a small working class neighborhood in a blue collar town in Mississippi. He went there on assignment at first, and then has returned every six months or so, to photograph the residents as his personal project. He has bonded with the residents and they allow him into their lives. His photographs are amazing. His sense of color, and the way he composes his images, the ability to capture "moments" and the intimacy he has with his subjects was life-changing for me! Yes, the work was that different, and that good. Here is a photograph of him after his talk as other photographers waited in line to compliment him or ask questions. I was in line too.
Posted by Ken Spencer at 5:37 PM