Matthew Leifheit

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Matthew Leifheit
EducationRISD, BFA, 2011
Yale University, MFA, 2017
OccupationFine-art photographer, Magazine editor, Professor
EmployerFreelance photographer, School of Art, MATTE Magazine

Matthew Leifheit (born 1988) is an American photographer, writer, magazine-editor, publisher, and professor based in Brooklyn, NY.[1][2]


Early life and education[edit]

Leifheit was born and raised in Chicago, Il. He attended the Rhode Island School of Design, graduating in 2011, receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.[3] In 2015, Leifheit enrolled at Yale University graduating in 2017, receiving a Master of Fine Arts degree.[4]


MATTE Magazine[edit]

In 2010, while at RISD, Leifheit founded MATTE Magazine, a magazine platform for new ideas in photography which he edits and publishes.[5] MATTE Magazine often features a photographer's work, a portrait of the photographer by Leifheit, and an interview of the artist conducted by Leifheit.[6][7]

Vice magazine[edit]

After graduating RISD, Leifheit was hired as photo-editor by Vice.[8] While photo-editor at Vice, Leifheit put a photograph by Robert Mapplethorpe on the cover of the 2014 fashion issue.[9] In 2016, he wrote an article featuring the work of Neil Winokur, highlighting an "overlooked" photographer with work in many museum collections including Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.[10][11]

MATTE Editions[edit]

In 2018, MATTE Editions published a monograph by Matthew Morocco titled Complicit.[12][13] In 2019, MATTE Editions published Slow Morpheus, a monograph by photographer Rachel Stern.[14][15]


In addition to editing and publishing, Leifheit has also written on art and photography for Time and Aperture.[16]

Photographic practice[edit]

Leifheit's photography focuses on the human figure and their lived environment; his work features a variety of locations from Fire Island, Key West, the crowds surrounding New York City's Freedom Tower, Providence, and others.[4] In addition to his fine art photography work, Leifheit works as an assignment photographer for a variety of publications including The New York Times and The New Yorker, photographing subjects such as Vince Aletti and Mary Boone.[17][18]


Selected solo exhibitions[edit]

  • 2012 - Matte Magazine - Printed Matter, Inc, NYC[19]
  • 2017 -Your Georgio, M.A.W. - 56 Henry St, NYC[20]
  • 2018 - Fire Island Night - Deli Gallery, NYC[4]
  • 2019 - Nothing More American - Florence Griswold Museum, CT[21]

Selected group exhibitions[edit]

  • 2012 - :):):) - curated by Raphael Cohen and Bea Walling, RISD Museum
  • 2014 - AA Bronson and Michael Bühler-Rose Present ‘The Botanica,’ Invisible Exports, NYC[22]
  • 2015 - FOAM Talents Exhibition 2015 - Paris Photo, Brussels, London[23]
  • 2017 - The Most Beautiful Part/La Parte Mas Bella, Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City[24]
  • 2018 - The Secret Gay Box, Tom of Finland Foundation, Los Angeles[25]


  • Camera Club of New York Curatorial Fellowship, 2013[26]
  • Yale Fund for Lesbian and Gay Studies, 2016[1]
  • Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library Fellowship, 2016[1]
  • Yale School of Art Richard Benson Prize, 2017[27]


  1. ^ a b c Res (12 November 2018). "Matthew Leifheit - Fire Island Night". Paper Journal.
  2. ^ "Let Us Now Praise David Lebe". Aperture Foundation NY.
  3. ^ "Cynthia Talmadge and Matthew Leifheit: Mirroring Energies". Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam.
  4. ^ a b c Benner, Maximilian (5 January 2019). "Matthew Leifheit's 'Fire Island Night' Examines the Emotional History of Fire Island". Fstoppers.
  5. ^ Leifheit, Matthew (2015-09-18). "MATTE Magazine Presents: Photos That Don't Fit Anywhere". Vice. Retrieved 2019-06-23.
  6. ^ "The Study of Magazines & the Legacy of Photographic Representations | MoMA". The Museum of Modern Art.
  7. ^ Wender, Jessie (2013-08-06). "MATTE Magazine". ISSN 0028-792X. Retrieved 2019-06-23.
  8. ^ "Pratt Institute". Retrieved 2019-06-23.
  9. ^ Staff, Vice (2014-02-06). "Introducing the 2014 Fashion Issue". Vice. Retrieved 2019-06-23.
  10. ^ "Neil Winokur | MoMA". The Museum of Modern Art. Retrieved 2019-06-23.
  11. ^ Leifheit, Matthew (2014-03-26). "Depicting New York City Through Ordinary Objects: Neil Winokur's New York". Vice. Retrieved 2019-06-23.
  12. ^ Honigman, Ana Finel (2018-10-30). "Living Images: Matthew Morrocco on His Intimate Portraits of the 'Rich Emotional Lives of Older Men'". ARTnews. Retrieved 2019-06-23.
  13. ^ Morrocco, Matthew (2018). Complicit. ISBN 9781732479548. OCLC 1080314247.
  14. ^ "Slow Morpheus by Rachel Stern". Citizen Editions. Retrieved 2019-06-23.
  15. ^ "Rachel Stern & Matthew Leifheit". AINT—BAD. 2019-03-08. Retrieved 2019-06-23.
  16. ^ "Yale University Bulletin | School of Art 2017–2018 | Faculty Profiles". Retrieved 2019-06-23.
  17. ^ Syme, Rachel; Leifheit, Matthew (15 April 2019). "Vince Aletti's Obsessive Collection of Seminal Fashion Magazines".
  18. ^ Bernstein, Jacob (29 March 2019). "Mary Boone Is Not Done". The New York Times.
  19. ^ "Matte Magazine". Printed Matter. Retrieved 2019-06-23.
  20. ^ "Art in the Archive: "Your Giorgio"". MONROWE Magazine. 2017-02-14. Retrieved 2019-06-23.
  21. ^ "Nothing More American". Florence Griswold Museum. Retrieved 2019-10-16.
  22. ^ "The Botanica at Carroll & Sons (Boston) and Invisible Exports (New York)". Steven Pestana. Retrieved 2019-06-23.
  23. ^ "PREVIEW Foam Magazine #42, Talent Issue 2015". Issuu. Retrieved 2019-06-23.
  24. ^ "La Parte Más Bella / The Most Beautiful Part - MAM Mexico City | My Art Guides". Retrieved 2019-06-23.
  25. ^ Tarley, Phil (2018-10-18). "John Wolf's Secret Gay Box at The Tom of Finland Foundation". Fabrik Magazine. Retrieved 2019-06-23.
  26. ^ "Baxter St at CCNY » Matthew Leifheit". Retrieved 2019-06-23.
  27. ^ "Photographer of the Week #199: Matthew Leifheit". Capricious. 2018-10-23. Retrieved 2019-06-23.