Location:Birmingham, United Kingdom
Matthew Murray has shot above the line advertising campaigns for some of the worlds leading advertising agencies – Saatchi & Saatchi, M&C Saatchi, TBWA, VCCP, Leo Burnett, FALLON, Ogilvy, BMB, Lowe Worldwide, BBDO/CLM, Paris, BWM, Sydney, Australia. Clients include Sony, Eon, The Labour Party, Auchan, EasyJet, Volotea, The Royal Bank of Scotland, Halifax Bank. Editorials clients include VICE, i-D Magazine, Port Magazine, The Independent, The Guardian, Dazed Digital, Feature Shoot, Lenscratch. Working with many of the most creative Art Directors and Creative Directors including Trevor Beattie, Graham Cappi, James Gillham, Richard Flintham, Al Moseley, David Hellqvist and Terry Jones.
Matthew’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in both solo and group exhibitions, Arles Rencontre Arles Festival France, National Portrait Gallery, London, The New Art Gallery, Walsall, Unseen Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, The Photographers’ Gallery London, Paris Photo – Le Carrousel Du Loure, Paris, Gallery Vassie, Amsterdam, Huis Marseille, Amsterdam, Fotografie Museum, Berlin, Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur, Cologne.
Matthew’s work is included in the collections of a number of art institutions and private collections, the permanent collections of MOMA, New York, The Tate, London, The Victoria & Albert Museum, London and The British Library.
Matthew was a finalist in the International Photography Awards, New York, 2015, 2016, finalist at the Association of Photographers Awards 2015 – The Open Awards in both the Stills and Series Categories, winner of The Association of Photographers 2014 – The Open Awards Stills Category, finalist International Street Photography Awards, 2012, winner of The Association of Photographers Awards 2001 – Lifestyle Category, finalist in the John Kobal Portrait Awards 1995, 1997, awarded Arts Council of England Funding in 2016 and in 2006, finalist the Observer Hodge Awards, 1998
Matthew participated in the landscape document as a panel member at the one-day UNP/UOG/VanArts collaborative event Photography: A Visual Language at the Natural History Museum, London
Matthew concentrates the majority of his time researching and photographing personal projects for publication and exhibition. In 2013 his book SKA, a series of portraits focusing on this subculture and represented through hardcore ska fans, the kind of people who not only listen to the music but live the life, was published by Schilt Publishing. In 2015 his work documenting the British during the summer months titled Pleasure in Leisure was published by Cafe Royal Books.
Currently Matthew has been photographing a series of landscapes on Saddleworth Moor. Photographed over a period of four-and-a-half-years, this series sees Matthew working in collaboration with Grain Photography Hub, http://grainphotographyhub.co.uk – Gallery Vassie, Amsterdam, www.galleryvassie.com and Pirate Design Agency, Amsterdam, http://thisispirate.com. This series will be published in 2017 with essays included by Martin Barnes Senior Curator of Photographs at The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Maartje van den Heuvel, Curator of Photography and Media Culture, Leiden Institute, The Hague and Artist Richard Billingham.
‘Saddleworth’ exhibited at mac, Birmingham alongside a symposium on Landscape photography, 2017, ‘Saddleworth’ exhibited in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2018.
In 2015, Matthew was made a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in the UK.