7.30.2013

TALES OF PHOTOGRAPHIC FICTION / MATT HENRY


A graduate of Political Theory and a self-taught photographer, Matt Henry works exclusively in narrative fiction and draws much inspiration from his studies of the politics and culture of 1960s and 70s America; a period in which he’s based several projects to date. Despite carefully researching his clothing, props and set builds, his aim is less pastiche and more the creation of timeless stories that seek to bridge the historical and cultural divide.

“It’s a period that’s always enthralled me,” says Matt. “As a storyteller you’re always drawing from issues that we wrestle with as human beings but by placing these in another era, you relieve the viewer of some of the prejudices and emotional attachments that they have to present day life. It’s somehow easier to understand our own world when it’s reflected from afar; when it’s located in another place in time and history.”

Themes Matt explores include the semiotics of American cultural imperialism and the role of the simulacra, the function of the retrograde in the postmodern era, and the potential of the tableaux as historical document and agent of political change.



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