Matt Black: After the Fall

I love this work. Have followed Matt since seeing a single picture from Bolivia back in the 90’s. Matt is a guy who just seems to do his own thing. When I hear from him I know it’s something good, and this project is no exception. Kudos to Orion Magazine and Daylight Multimedia for bringing it to light.

AFTER THE FALL | Orion Magazine & Daylight Multimedia | Matt Black Photography from Matt Black Photography on Vimeo.

7 responses to “Matt Black: After the Fall”

  1. Harold says:

    Took a little break to watch this and must say it was worth the time and then I took a look at his website. Amazing images which resurrected some long forgotten memories of the darkroom. You don’t get those images with digital. I suppose you could approximate in post but it would be a lot of work.

    It occurs to me now that I’ve had time to get away from the ADHD type of photography —it takes some mindfulness to get those type of images and no small amount of dedication to a single idea. Thanks, once again!

  2. LionelB says:

    I am sorry to say that for me the processing was an insurmountable obstacle. I couldn’t see beyond the grain to the images. With an abstract subject I can handle any amount of grain but with documentary work I appreciate it as subtle texture but not as a statement in its own right. Obviously others will see it differently.

    • Smogranch says:

      I’m a grain guy so looking at these, for me, is like looking at my own negatives from about 1996-2009. I shot almost exclusively Tmax 3200, in all lighting conditions, so for me the grain becomes a real part of what I’m trying to get across. This was especially poignant in an era when we went from texture in imagery to ZERO texture and the goal of “perfection.” I remember the owner of the lab I used in LA say “Everyone single photographer comes in here asking about how to get rid of grain and then I see your negatives and it’s the polar opposite.” I also love the way this work prints. It actually, in some ways prints better digitally, but I get comment after comment from people about the grain. But, a personal preference, nothing right or wrong about it. I also have plenty of fine grain film in my freezer. Depends on what I’m doing.

  3. LionelB says:


    Agreed. It is not about ‘rules’. 3200 in bright sunshine is pretty amazing though. So you went round with an ND8 filter permanently attached ? Printing is for sure an entirely different matter and the images would likely be a lot more accessible (for me) once on paper. ‘Perfection’ is great for forensics, engineering and archiving. Anywhere in fact that needs to be free of human sentiment or emotion.

  4. Man that’s awesome. I remember studying his People of the clouds work. Some days I hate seeing stuff as good as this. Makes me want to throw away my camera.
    Nice presentation too, really good use of audio in a still slideshow.

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