Matthew Brooks

Matthew Brooks is an emerging photographer based in Montréal, Québec. After pursuing studies in orchestral performance at the University of Manitoba, he will be receiving a B.F.A. in Studio Arts and Art History from Concordia University in 2015. Deeply interested in the modern city as well as its rural and sub-urban counterparts, his work seeks to decontextualize and disassemble the social landscape in order to re-examine and re-present it. His work is increasingly concerned with the ephemeral nature of modern cities and communities, and approaches photographic documentation as a deeply social practice and a cultural imperative of preservation. Today we share his series Disappearing.

Matthew_Brooks_1_o

Matthew_Brooks_11_o

Disappearing

Disappearing is concerned with the inherently ephemeral nature of the shifting suburban and rural landscape. By documenting aspects of the twentieth century that persist into our present, it seeks to create a documentary imperative whereby these elements are preserved.

Matthew_Brooks_10_o

Matthew_Brooks_9_o

Produced with a 1950’s Rollei camera, these elements of the social landscape were produced with a product of their own time, creating a paradigm of the ephemeral documenting itself. By photographing iconic or archetypical elements, the resulting work resembles found photographs and explores the notion of constructed or artificial found imagery.

Matthew_Brooks_8_o

Matthew_Brooks_7_o

Matthew_Brooks_6_o

Matthew_Brooks_5_o

Matthew_Brooks_4_o

Matthew_Brooks_3_o

Matthew_Brooks_2_o

To view more of Matthew’s work please his website.



What We've Read!

At Aint-Bad we are dedicated to photography and printed matter. From our magazines to our artist monographs, the printed page is what we live for. Each month we will gather books that catch our eyes and build an online library with the hope to inspire and support fellow bookmakers out there.

Submit!