Matthew Hammond

Resides
Edinburgh, UK
Born
1981
Website

Matthew Hammond is an American and British dual citizen who was born in San Diego, California in 1981. He has been interested in photography since a young age, and had his first photograph published in the UK magazine Amateur Photographer at the age of 13. He graduated with a BA in Photography, Film and Imaging from Napier University, Edinburgh in 2003, and with an MA in Documentary Photography from the University of Wales, Newport in 2006. He has exhibited in both solo and group shows in the USA, Canada, Australia, the Czech Republic and throughout the UK, and was a winner of the Magenta Foundation's Flash Forward Competition for emerging photographers in 2008, and 2009. He currently lives in Edinburgh, UK.

Flowers are the ultimate reproducible objects. They are intrinsically natural yet mass-produced on a gargantuan scale for accessibility and affordability. The Dead Supermarket Flowers series is a response to the tension between the beauty and banality of these everyday purchases. The advertisements and imagery at the point of sale describe nature, freshness delivered to you in crisp cellophane, with a guaranteed lifetime. By representing them in photographs in the days after their purchase we see them start to wilt and degrade. The supermarket flowers are a transient, reproducible representation of a unique and distinct object at a moment in their lifespan that would not normally be recorded.

Education

2006
MA Documentary Photography, University of Wales, Newport, Wales.

2003
BA Photography, Film and Imaging, Napier University, Edinburgh.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2009
Journey, Blue Oyster Arts Project Space, Dunedin, New Zealand."

2008
Imagined Lines, Light House Gallery, Wolverhampton.
British Landmarks, Dean Clough Galleries, Halifax.
Journey, The Arches, Glasgow.

2004
Urban Insignia, Stables Studios, Cromarty, Scotland.

2003
Journey, Mala Galerie Sporitelny, Kladno, Czech Republic (supported by the British Council and Napier University).
We Did This (SKAMM Film Stills), Filmhouse Cinema, Edinburgh, Scotland.

2002
Cuba, The Weem Gallery, Pittenweem, Fife, Scotland.

1999
Faces, Pittenweem Arts Festival, Fife, Scotland.

Selected Group Exhibitions

2009
Flash Forward 2008, Griffin Museum of Photography, Boston, MA.
Flash Forward 2008, Galerie Art Mur, Montréal, QC
Flash Forward 2008, Kathleen Cullen Fine Art, New York City, NY.

2008
Flash Forward 2008, Lennox Contemporary, Toronto, ON.
PURE Photography, Ferreira Projects, London.

2007
Blank Expression, Zion Arts Centre, Manchester.

2006
Presence, Turner House Gallery, Penarth, Wales.
Here Today, Jersey Galleries, Osterley Park, London.

2005
Stablism, Stables Gallery, Cromarty, Scotland.

2004
Binding, Picture House, Leicester.
New Napier, Canberra Institute of Technology, Australia.

2003
Napier University Degree Show, English Speaking Union, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Grants

2003
Visual Arts Grant, British Council, UK.

Residencies

2004
Stables Residency, Stables Studios, Cromarty, Scotland.

Publications

2009
Flash Forward 2009, Published by Magenta Publishing for the Arts; Nov 2009, Canada.

2008
Flash Forward 2008, Published by Magenta Publishing for the Arts; Nov 2008, Canada.
Journey, Blotch Publishing, January 2008.
British Landmarks, Blotch Publishing, June 2008.


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