Matthew Andrew


‘The Rise and The Fall’ 2005

10 C-Prints, 61cm x 49 cm

This project titled ‘The Rise and The Fall’ consists of 2 series of 5 images, making one piece of work consisting of a total of 10 images.

The work is designed to be hung with one series above the other in a grid, with the images of Supercomputers above the images of the Archaeological digs. The style of the work both in the way it is shot and the way it is presented follow the conventions of reference photography. The images are Lightjet prints from 5 x 4 inch negatives. They are printed on glossy paper, and displayed in dark wood frames behind glass.

The work itself comments on the cyclical nature of history and information in relation to the visual medium. Both of the subjects depicted store latent information that requires decoding before it can be understood fully. In this way the work explores one’s preconceptions of what a reference photograph should be, and how much information is conveyed to the viewer using a visual medium such as photography.

“Andrew’s work conveys a sense of order and structure through repetition of form and colour. His cool spaces are devoid of actual human presence though crucially not traces of it. Thus his photographs of super computers in ‘Rise’ juxtaposed with archaeological sites in Britain in ‘Fall’ map (metaphorical) landscapes of evolution and revolution, hidden information, man-made codes and markings. “
Magda Keaney, MAP 05 catalogue, LCC 2005

The Sproxton Memorial Prize helped me fund initial research into new work, and bought me my Large Format Camera that I still use for all my work.

I am currently an Associate Lecturer in Photography at University Campus Suffolk. I combine this with working as a freelance photographer for clients including French Connection and Nicole Farhi, and pursuing my own practice.


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