The works featured in the exhibition draw from over three decades of photography during which Finn has extensively examined the people and relationships closest to him. Themes of love, bereavement, renewal are examined with the poetic force of an artist whose photography is an unmitigated extension of their personal psychology.
Alec Soth said of Finn’s book ‘Mother’ (Dewi Lewis, 2017) “…Mother…was the punch in the gut. Your introduction is one of the finest I’ve ever read. It’s perfect, and it supercharges the photographs.”
ABOUT MATTHEW FINN
Matthew Finn (b. 1971 UK) explores personal relationships both within the corpus of the family as well as the wider stage of personal relationships through longterm photographic projects. With no commercial constraints or deadlines, Finn cultivates a working practice of an auteur, in charge of all the elements of the work where the craft of the print and the process as a whole are equally important.
Finn continues to make significant longterm bodies of work including his series of portraits of students, which commenced in the early 1990s (Finn is a senior photography lecturer), and durational bodies of work that focus on the province of family life and close relationships. Finn’s most notable works include the thirty one year process of making intimate, domestic portraits of his mother and the twenty eight years he documented his relationship with his uncle.
Today Finn collaborates with family members as he pursues the universal themes of love, loss, bereavement and intimacy. Through these current and completed projects Matthew Finn has expanded the frontiers of documentary photography, bringing a new and deeply psychological reality to the genre.
He is the recipient of the Jerwood/Photoworks Award 2015 and has published 2 monographs; Mother (Dewi Lewis, 2017) and School of Art (Stanley/Barker, 2019).
Please download press materials about the exhibition. For more information please contact Alex Schneideman at [email protected] or 07909 964534
AND THE REST IS HISTORY
You are welcome to conduct yourself on a virtual tour of the Matthew Finn exhibition. Please use the 360 to stroll around the gallery and click on hanging prints to enlarge.
ZOOM SEMINAR WITH PROFESSOR FRANCIS HODGSON AND MATTHEW FINN
Professor Hogson, Reader in the Culture of Photography at Brighton University and co-founder of the Prix Picket discusses Matthew’s latest exhibition, And The Rest Is History which opened at FPG in September 2020.