I've been making photographs which explore issues and celebrate humanity and the natural world for over twenty years.
No Dar Papaya, my book and photographic exploration of Colombia in Polaroid, was published in Colombia and the US. Past projects include Back to the Ranch, my exploration of one of the oldest ranching communities in the United States, across the bay from San Francisco, and its demise due to urbanization (http://www.flysfo.com/museum/exhibitions/matthew-james-obrien-back-ranch), and Looking For Hope, a collaborative study of growing up in the inner city and the public school experience in Oakland, where I was a teacher.
Work exhibited/collected by: The California Museum of Photography, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Library of Congress, The Fries Museum and Museo de Arte Moderno de Cartagena. Awards: Fulbright Fellowship, Mother Jones Int'l Fund for Documentary Photography Award, Community Heritage Grant from California Council for the Humanities