Matt Mahurin

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Matt Mahurin, self portrait
Matt Mahurin
Born (1959-01-31) January 31, 1959 (age 64)
Known forillustration
film director
Notable workFilm I Like Killing Flies (2003)
Film Feel (2006)
Film Mugshot (1996)
Book Matt Mahurin (1999)

Matthew S. Mahurin (born January 31, 1959) is an American illustrator, photographer and film director. Mahurin's illustrations appear in Time, Newsweek, Mother Jones, Rolling Stone, Esquire, Forbes, and The New York Times.

Mahurin's work as a photo essayist has dealt with subjects such as homelessness, people with AIDS, the Texas prison system, abortion clinics, Nicaragua, Haiti, and Belfast. His extensive work directing music videos since 1986 have resulted in working with U2, Queensrÿche, Metallica, Dreams So Real, Jaye Muller (J.), Tracy Chapman, Tom Waits, R.E.M., Alice In Chains, Def Leppard and many other popular music performers.

Photographs by Mahurin, including Clemmons Prison, Texas (1985), Texas Prison (1988), Woman's Face in Darkness (1989) and Paris (1984), are included in the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.[1]

Mahurin has a reputation for photographing himself and manipulating his own likeness in his commercial photo-illustration work. Examples of his own image appearing on magazine covers are the November 29, 1993 cover of Time, with Mahurin as Sigmund Freud,[2] the March 14, 1994 cover of Time, with himself as a caveman[3] and the May 17, 2004 Time cover where Mahurin posed and photographed himself as an Abu Ghraib prisoner.[4]

Mahurin is also credited with a notorious Time cover of O. J. Simpson, featuring an altered mugshot which removed the photograph's color saturation (inadvertently making Simpson's skin darker),[5] burned the corners, and reduced the size of the prisoner ID number. This appeared on newsstands next to an unaltered copy on the cover of Newsweek, which occasioned some controversy over photo manipulation.


Film and video

Photography and Photo-Illustration




Photography credits[edit]


cover art

photography books

  • Matt Mahurin (ISBN 0-944092-60-8)
  • Japan and America (ISBN 4-947671-01-7)

illustrated by for children


  1. ^ "Metropolitan Museum of Art - Collection Database". Metropolitan Museum of Art. Retrieved 2008-05-18.
  2. ^ "Sigmund Freud cover". Time. Archived from the original on March 7, 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-20.
  3. ^ "Caveman cover". Time. Archived from the original on July 8, 2007. Retrieved 2008-05-20.
  4. ^ "Abu Ghraib cover". Time. Archived from the original on February 17, 2007. Retrieved 2008-05-20.
  5. ^ Carmody, Deirdre (June 25, 1994). "Time Responds to Criticism Over Simpson Cover". The New York Times.
  6. ^ "mvpa - music video award winners 2003". Music Video Production Association. Archived from the original on 2008-04-09. Retrieved 2008-05-18.
  7. ^ "The 14th Annual Hamptons International Film Festival - Archive - 1996 Award Winners". The Hamptons International Film Festival. 1996. Archived from the original on October 27, 2007. Retrieved 2008-05-19.
  8. ^ "First Eisie Photo Awards". The New York Times. 1998-01-13. Retrieved 2008-05-17.
  9. ^ "village voice > aboutus". The Village Voice. 1996. Retrieved 2008-05-18.
  10. ^ Wilmington, Michael (1989-06-07). "'Imagining America': Four Riffs on a Common Theme". The Los Angeles Times.
  11. ^ Rolling Stone cover, January 1998 issue

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