For our Photo Issue we sat down with some of our favourite up-and-coming photographers. As usual, there was way more talent than pages so we thought we’d share them with you here.
Name: Matt Newman.Â Age: 25.Â Lives: Melbourne.
What was the first photo you ever took?
I started back when I was 21, documenting what my friends got up to. The first photo I remember taking that meant anything to me was a picture of my friend at 3am giving a girl a piggyback out of a dark alley way near a nightclub. The light was good and I haven’t ever really liked to use a flash so I turned it off and took one shot. It turned out well and I decided thatâ€™s the way I wanted all my photos too look.
What camera do you use?
My Pentax MX that my dad gave me is my favourite camera to use which is a 35mm SLR. I also use my Canon 7D and recently bought a Canon AV-1 35mm SLR and a Yashica T4. I would love a Leica M9, thatâ€™s my dream camera. In other words, I have and want too many cameras.
Whatâ€™s your favourite thing to snap?
I really love photographing people and big cities, I loved photographing New York City and the people there. I love to document the world around me, as cheesy as that sounds it’s really what has got me so amped on photography ever since I picked up a camera. Iâ€™m lucky I find myself in some really interesting situations with some really cool friends who let me shoot them no matter what!
What projects are you working on?
At the moment Iâ€™m working on an exhibition at the Brunswick Street Gallery here in Melbourne, which will be held in July. Itâ€™s a group show with nine other photographers. It’s my first exhibition so I’m pretty nervous but rexcited to see people’s opinion of my work. I also have a catalogue shoot for a friend’s clothing company called Ranz, which will be fun.
What would be your dream job?
Thatâ€™s a tough one; I would love to work in the magazine industry, shooting articles and photos of fashion and music and culture. I’d love to exhibit my work in New York â€“ thatâ€™s my ultimate dream, and that my favourite photographer Ari Marcopoulos would come to my exhibition.