Matt Stuart (photographer)

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Matt Stuart (1974) is a British street photographer,[1][2][3][4][5][6][7] a member of the In-Public street photography collective[8] and a nominee member of Magnum Photos.[9] As well as making his personal work, street photography, he works as an advertising photographer,[10] and leads street photography workshops.[11][12]

Stuart's book of street photography, All That Life Can Afford (2016),[13] includes photographs made in London from 2002 to 2015. His work has also been published in a number of survey publications on street photography, and exhibited in solo exhibitions in Britain and the US; as well as included in group exhibitions in Britain (including at the Museum of London, which acquired his work for its permanent collection, and which travelled to the Museum of the City of New York), France, Bangkok and Stockholm.

In 2005 Photo District News considered Stuart one of their 30 "New and Emerging Photographers to Watch".[14]

Life and work[edit]

Stuart was born in Harrow, north west London, in 1974.[15] In interviews he has described his life as having been spent singularly and obsessively devoted to one interest after another, including skateboarding[16] from 1986 to 1994,[17] and kung fu,[17] before taking up photography working as an assistant to a photographer for three years, then turning professional by working for himself from 2000.[15] His personal street photography work is his main focus, predominantly in London,[13] but he also works commercially as an advertising photographer,[10] and leads street photography workshops.[11][12] Stuart became a member of the In-Public street photography collective in 2001[8] and a nominee member of Magnum Photos in 2016.[9]


Publications by Stuart[edit]

  • All That Life Can Afford. London: Plague, 2016. ISBN 978-0-9935090-0-1.[n 1] With an essay by Geoff Dyer, "Why does he do this every day?". First edition of 1000 copies and 100 limited editions; second edition of 1000 copies and 100 limited editions.

Publications with contributions by Stuart[edit]


Solo exhibitions[edit]

  • On The Way, main post office, Helsinki, Finland, October–November 2004.[18]
  • KK Outlet, London, February 2010.[1][19]
  • Look Both Ways, Leica Gallery San Francisco, February–April 2015;[20] Leica Store Washington DC, May–? 2015;[21]

Exhibitions with others or during festivals[edit]

  • Onto the Streets, Photofusion, London, 21 July – 16 September 2006, then toured with the British Council.[22] Curated by Stephen McLaren and Sophie Howarth.
  • in-public @ 10, Photofusion, Brixton, London, 28 May – 9 July 2010.[23][n 2] Travelled to Les Ballades Photographiques de Seyssel, Seyssel, France, 12–23 July 2011;[24][25] Included photographs by In-Public members Stuart, Nick Turpin, David Gibson, Richard Bram, Andy Morley-Hall, Trent Parke, Narelle Autio, Adrian Fisk, Nils Jorgensen, Jesse Marlow, Melanie Einzig, Jeffrey Ladd, Amani Willett, Gus Powell, Christophe Agou, Otto Snoek, Blake Andrews, David Solomons, George Kelly and Paul Russell.
  • Street Photography Now, Third Floor Gallery, Cardiff, 10 October – 14 November 2010. Photographs from the book Street Photography Now (2011).[26]
  • Street Photography Now, shop windows throughout the Canal Saint-Martin area, part of Mois de la Photo-OFF, Paris, 5 – 28 November 2010.[27] Gallery Lichtblick, Cologne, 2010;[citation needed] Uno Art Space, Stuttgart, 2 April – 25 June 2011.[28] With work by Stuart as well as Narelle Autio, Maciej Dakowicz, Bruce Gilden, Thierry Girard, Markus Hartell, Nils Jorgensen, Martin Kollar, Jens Olof Lasthein, Frederic Lezmi, Jesse Marlow, Jeff Mermelstein, Trent Parke, Gus Powell, Otto Snoek, Nick Turpin, Alex Webb, Wolgang Zurborn.
  • Derby Museum and Art Gallery, Format International Photography Festival, Derby, UK, 4 March – 3 April 2011. Exhibition of photographs by In-Public members, Stuart, Christophe Agou, Blake Andrews, Narelle Autio, Richard Bram, Melanie Einzig, Adrian Fisk, David Gibson, Nils Jorgensen, George Kelly, Jeffrey Ladd, Jesse Marlow, Andy Morley-Hall, Trent Parke, Gus Powell, Nick Turpin, Paul Russell, Otto Snoek, David Solomons, Amani Willett, and the film In-Sight (2011).[29][30][31]
  • London Street Photography: 1860-2010, Museum of London, London, 18 February – 4 September 2011. Included work by Stuart as well as In-Public members Richard Bram, Adrian Fisk, David Gibson, Nils Jorgensen, Paul Russell, Nick Turpin, and others.[32] Travelled to the Museum of the City of New York, 27 July – 2 December 2012.[33]
  • iN-PUBLiC: An Exhibition of Street Photography, Thailand Creative and Design Centre, Bangkok, Thailand, February–March 2013. In conjunction with the British Council.[34][35][36] Photographs by In-Public members Stuart, Agou, Andrews, Autio, Bram, Einzig, Fisk, Gibson, Jorgensen, Kelly, Ladd, Morley-Hall, Marlow, Parke, Gus Powell, Turpin, Russell, Snoek, Solomons, and Willett.
  • In Public, Snickerbacken 7, Stockholm, Sweden, May–June 2013.[37] Photographs by In-Public members Stuart, Agou, Andrews, Autio, Bram, Einzig, Fisk, Gibson, Jorgensen, Kelly, Ladd, Morley-Hall, Marlow, Parke, Gus Powell, Turpin, Russell, Snoek, Solomons, and Willett.
  • Pedestrians, Photomonth festival, Leica Mayfair, London, October 2015.[38]
  • The Magic Lantern Show, Deadhouse, Somerset House, London, during Photo London, May 2016. Exhibition of prints by Stuart accompanied by projections of work by Marina Sersale, Bredun Edwards and The Lurkers.[39][40][41]



Stuart's work is held in the following collection:


  1. ^ The ISBN was erroneously published as 978-0-9935090 in the first edition.
  2. ^ The Photofusion website claims it showed the exhibition in 2012 but it actually did so in 2010.


  1. ^ a b Hellqvist, David (8 February 2010). "Happy Accidents: Photographer Matt Stuart is exhibiting a decade worth of accidental moments captured in London". Dazed. Retrieved 23 January 2016.
  2. ^ Zhang, Michael (22 April 2012). "Stolen Moments: Matt Stuart on His Fascination with Street Photography". Petapixel. Retrieved 23 January 2016.
  3. ^ Blake Andrews (12 January 2008). "Matt Stuart: What Was He Thinking?". Retrieved 23 January 2016.
  4. ^ "Street Photography". The Photographers' Gallery. 2015. Retrieved 23 January 2016.
  5. ^ O'Hagan, Sean (18 April 2010). "Why street photography is facing a moment of truth". London: The Observer. Retrieved 16 January 2016.
  6. ^ Frank, Priscilla (24 September 2014). "10 International street photographers who change the way we see the world". New York: The Huffington Post. Retrieved 17 January 2016.
  7. ^ Coomes, Phil (4 October 2010). "Street photography now". BBC News. Retrieved 6 April 2016.
  8. ^ a b Turpin, Nick (2010). 10 – 10 Years of In-Public. London: Nick Turpin Publishing. ISBN 978-0-9563322-1-9.
  9. ^ a b Bainbridge, Simon (27 June 2016). "Magnum Photos announces two new nominee members following its 69th AGM". British Journal of Photography. Apptitude Media Ltd. Retrieved 27 June 2016.
  10. ^ a b Sakr, Sharif (30 November 2013). "A guide to street photography: Matt Stuart, manners and human autofocus". Engadget. Retrieved 23 January 2016.
  11. ^ a b "Street Photography Now with Matt Stuart and Stephen McLaren". London: The Guardian. 29 June 2012. Retrieved 16 January 2016.
  12. ^ a b Cheesman, Chris (5 December 2013). "Leica to host pre-Christmas photography events". Amateur Photographer. Retrieved 23 January 2016.
  13. ^ a b "Street view". Time Out London. Time Out. 26 January 2016. pp. 28–29.
  14. ^ a b "Matt Stuart". Photo District News. Retrieved 23 January 2016.
  15. ^ a b Blake Andrews (10 March 2015). "Q & A With Matt Stuart". Retrieved 23 January 2016.
  16. ^ Schuetze, Christopher (1 November 2010). "London, Very Dry, With a Twist". New York: The New York Times. Retrieved 17 January 2016.
  17. ^ a b "Matt Stuart". In-Public. Archived from the original on 6 February 2016. Retrieved 5 February 2016.
  18. ^ "Syyskuu 2004 diginews, digikamera, digitaalikamera". 30 September 2004. Retrieved 1 March 2016.
  19. ^ van den Broeke, Teo (1 February 2010). "Look Both Ways by Matt Stuart". Wallpaper. Retrieved 23 January 2016.
  20. ^ "Matt Stuart: Look Both Ways". Leica Store San Francisco. Retrieved 23 January 2016.
  21. ^ Jacobson, Louis (3 June 2015). "Matt Stuart Finds the Humor and Absurdity in Street Photography". Washington City Paper. Retrieved 23 January 2016.
  22. ^ "Photofusion Presents Onto the Streets". ArtDaily. Retrieved 6 August 2015.
  23. ^ "In-Public@10". Photofusion. Retrieved 16 January 2016.
  24. ^ "74 - Seyssel • Balades photographiques de Seyssel". fr:Compétence photo. Retrieved 11 February 2015.
  25. ^ "Les balades photographiques de Seyssel, du 12 au 23 juillet". fr:La Tribune républicaine de Bellegarde. 7 July 2011. Retrieved 11 February 2015.
  26. ^ "Street photography now at the Third Floor Gallery Archived 1 April 2016 at the Wayback Machine.", In-Public, 5 October 2010. Retrieved 11 February 2013.
  27. ^ Nathalie Belayche. "Street Photography Now Takes Over Paris". Food for your Eyes. Retrieved 6 August 2015.
  28. ^ "Street Photography Now". Uno Art Space. Retrieved 6 August 2015.
  29. ^ "In-Public at the Derby Museum and Art Gallery". Format Festival. Archived from the original on 2 April 2016. Retrieved 16 January 2016.
  30. ^ "Format Programme Announcement". Format Festival. Archived from the original on 11 February 2015. Retrieved 10 February 2015.
  31. ^ Battersby, Matilda (3 March 2011). "Format Festival: Street photography steals the show". The Independent. Retrieved 11 February 2015.
  32. ^ "Museum of London - London Street Photography". Archived from the original on 22 March 2011.
  33. ^ "The streets of London and New York come to life in this exhibition and companion installation". Museum of the City of New York. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 12 February 2015.
  34. ^ "iN-PUBLiC: An Exhibition of Street Photography". British Council. Archived from the original on 13 February 2015. Retrieved 10 February 2015.
  35. ^ "iN-PUBLiC: An Exhibition of Street Photography". Thailand Creative and Design Centre. Retrieved 26 March 2016.
  36. ^ "In-Public: An Exhibition of Street Photography". Bangkok Post. Retrieved 26 March 2016.
  37. ^ "In Public". Snickarbacken 7. Retrieved 23 March 2016.
  38. ^ "Matt Stuart: Pedestrians at Photomonth". Leica Camera. Retrieved 12 February 2015.
  39. ^ "The Magic Lantern Show". Photo London. Retrieved 24 May 2016.
  40. ^ ""The city doesn't inspire me. The people do" Matt Stuart's London street photography and participation in Photo London 2016". Leica Camera. 20 May 2016. Retrieved 24 May 2016.
  41. ^ "I love London so: snapshots of a bustling city – in pictures". London: The Guardian. 16 May 2016. Retrieved 24 May 2016.
  42. ^ "Pigment Print: Trafalgar Square, 2006". Museum of London. Retrieved 4 April 2016.

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