Matthew Greenburgh

Artist

Location icon United Kingdom

Matthew Greenburgh is a fine art photographer based in East Suffolk and North London.

Matthew's work, which centres on contemporary still lives in a large format, has been exhibited in galleries and has been sold on to private collectors.

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Matthew Greenburgh
08/18/2016
Water - Matthew Greenburgh

Water is almost as ubiquitous in art as in life - dramatic seascapes, romantic lakes, powerful rivers, charming streams. These are common images for many reasons: they have strong natural appeal for the viewer and artist, they can demonstrate the technical superiority of the artist and have almost endless symbolic...

Matthew Greenburgh
03/24/2016
Matthew Greenburgh Photo Series: Blossfeldt

Plant still lifes were also perhaps the first works of pure photo-typology in Karl Blossfeldt's "Urformen der Kunst" (English ed: "Art Forms in Nature", 1929). Blossfeldt attempted a scientific analysis of aesthetic form and created an iconic work of modernism.

Matthew Greenburgh
03/08/2016
Matthew Greenburgh Photo Series: Snow Crystals

Photography by its nature lends itself to the serial examination of a subject. The comparative ease of creating the image and the ostensible accuracy of that image facilitates the use of multiple images to explore the differences and commonalities between subjects. The accurate comparison of subjects through a photographic series has some features of a scientific endeavour.

Matthew Greenburgh
04/20/2016
Matthew Greenburgh Photo Series: Gas Stations

Ed Ruscha's photoseries Twenty-six Gas Stations (1963) was an important early example of photography's contribution to conceptual art and post-modernism. While probably not a direct pastiche of the Bechers work, which was coming to prominence at the same time, the deliberate lack of aesthetic value was certainly an attempt at undermining modernism's claim to be both objective/deadpan and aesthetic.

Matthew Greenburgh
04/08/2016
Matthew Greenburgh Photo Series: Deadpan

Typology in photography gained widespread recognition in the art world with the industrial photographs of Hilla and Bernd Becher (commencing in the late 1960s). The objective or deadpan style of photographing series of similar ageing industrial buildings raised questions not only about the ostensible subject of the disappearance of a certain type of architectural landscape but also the nature of man-made beauty and photography's role in art.

Matthew Greenburgh
05/23/2016
Found Images - Matthew Greenburgh

In a previous week, I addressed the work of Ed Ruscha who took a series of photographs of deliberately no aesthetic value. Just prior to this work, Andy Warhol had held his first solo exhibition, which majored on his silkscreens of "ready-made" objects (Campbells soup cans etc).

Matthew Greenburgh
07/25/2016
Motion, Entropy and Humour - Matthew Greenburgh

In an earlier post I discussed the series of 19th century stop motion photographs, which had scientific intentions whilst creating images which came to be treated as art. The Muybridge series brings out the tension between motion/time and the photograph as well as between intention and interpretation which are key...

Matthew Greenburgh
06/22/2016
Cacas - Matthew Greenburgh

Oliviero Toscani was the photographer involved in the creation of the United Colours of Benetton ads in the 1990s, which used controversial themes and juxtapositions to great effect from a marketing point of view. The ads included images of AIDS victims, death row prisoners, body parts, famine sufferers etc.

Matthew Greenburgh
03/15/2016
Matthew Greenburgh Photo Series: Muybridge and Motion

In the early 1870s, Edward Muybridge began working on a series of photographs demonstrating the details of a horse in motion - until then the shape of a galloping horses legs or the points at which contact was made with the ground were not known.

Matthew Greenburgh: Autumn Leaves Photo Series
04/20/2016
Gas Stations

Ed Ruscha's photoseries Twenty-six Gas Stations (1963) was an important early example of photography's contribution to conceptual art and post-modernism. While probably not a direct pastiche of the Bechers work, which was coming to prominence at the same time, the deliberate lack of aesthetic value was certainly an attempt at undermining modernism's claim to be...

Matthew Greenburgh: Autumn Leaves Photo Series
04/08/2016
Deadpan

Typology in photography gained widespread recognition in the art world with the industrial photographs of Hilla and Bernd Becher (commencing in the late 1960s). The objective or deadpan style of photographing series of similar aging industrial buildings raised questions not only about the ostensible subject of the disappearance of a certain type of architectural landscape...

Matthew Greenburgh: Autumn Leaves Photo Series
03/24/2016
Blossfeldt

Plant still lifes were also perhaps the first works of pure photo-typology in Karl Blossfeldt's "Urformen der Kunst" (English ed: "Art Forms in Nature", 1929). Blossfeldt attempted a scientific analysis of aesthetic form and created an iconic work of modernism. Blossfeldt studied parts of a range of plants in black and white to try to...

Matthew Greenburgh: Autumn Leaves Photo Series
03/15/2016
Muybridge and Motion

Matthew Greenburgh discusses Muybridge's work with horses. In the early 1870s, Edward Muybridge began working on a series of photographs demonstrating the details of a horse in motion - until then the shape of a galloping horses legs or the points at which contact was made with the ground were not known.

Matthew Greenburgh: Autumn Leaves Photo Series
03/08/2016
Snow Crystals

Matthew Greenburgh introduces his series. Photography by its nature lends itself to the serial examination of a subject. The comparative ease of creating the image and the ostensible accuracy of that image facilitates the use of multiple images to explore the differences and commonalities between subjects.

Leaves
10/23/2015
Best Doctor

The Best Doctor Cut leaf staghorn sumach - Rhus Typhina 'Laciniata'124x82cm - edition of 4 plus artist's proof62x41cm - edition of 5The image of a doctor upright over a dying...

Leaves
10/23/2015
Palliative Care

Palliative Care Japanese maple - Acer palmatum 130x147m - edition of 4 plus artist's proof 65x74m - edition of 5 Most people giving palliative care are, of course, high...

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