Matthew Arnold, Finalist

Matthew Arnold is a photographer living in New York City. He graduated from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston where he studied photography and offset lithography. He also studied photography at The West Surrey College of Art and Design outside London.

Matthew’s photographic work explores our personal, historical, and cultural relationship to this increasingly small and complex world. His most recent project, Topography Is Fate North African Battlefields of World War II, published as a monograph by the German publisher, Kehrer Verlag, considers the varied landscapes of North Africa that the soldier of World War II was forced to endure. Thousands of miles from home, largely untraveled and ignorant of lands and peoples outside his home country, he was dropped onto the shores of what must have seemed to him a dangerous and alien environment, his understanding of the land limited to stereotype, myth and the relevant army field manual. The approach is conceptual, with the photographs of the North African battlefields presented, similar to the New Topographic photographers, in an almost anonymous and neutral tone of voice. The images are taken in daylight, without complexity, portraying a peaceful quietness of the desert or grassland to allow viewers to fill in that negative space with their own visualization of the war. 

His most recent honors include being named a Top 50 Emerging Photographer of 2014 by both LensCulture as well as Photolucida.