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"Buy a good pair of comfortable shoes, have a camera around your neck at all times, keep your elbows in, be patient, optimistic and don’t forget to smile"

- Matt Stuart

b. 1974

British

Based in London, United Kingdom

Born in 1974, Matt Stuart was raised in the leafy suburbs of Harrow, North West London. He admits to a less than distinguished school career, but was called upon aged 11 to play a trumpet solo in front of the Queen Mother. Her Majesty’s reaction is not recorded.

A little later, in 1986, Matt discovered skateboarding after watching the film “Back to the Future”. Skating occupied his every waking moment until 1994, when he looked up from the half-pipe and noticed that girls had got a lot more interesting. He also indulged in a brief, ill-advised affair with Kung Fu.

Matt’s father, keenly aware that his son would never be the next Bruce Lee, introduced him to photography, handing over books by Robert Frank & Henri Cartier-Bresson. Ever since then, photography has been Matt’s overriding passion, although he’s still quite interested in skateboards and girls. (But thankfully not Kung Fu).

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Current Exhibition
Schleswig, Germany

All That Life Can Afford

Matt Stuart
Until Sep 16

Past Workshop
Paris, France

Street Photography Workshop in Paris with Matt Stuart and Richard Kalvar

Magnum Photographers
Jun 9 - 10

Newsroom

The Big Picture: 2017 in Review

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Theme | 19 Stories

Expert Photographic Advice from Magnum

Past Workshop
Bangkok, Thailand

Storytelling Workshop in Bangkok with Matt Stuart and Antoine d’Agata

Magnum Photographers
Nov 28 - Dec 2

Arts & Culture

Inside The World’s Largest Food Fight

Matt Stuart

Theory & Practice

Telling Stories: the Single Image vs. the Series

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Past Workshop
Shanghai, China

Magnum Masterclass in Shanghai in collaboration with Light Society

Magnum Photographers
Sep 9 - 12

Past Workshop
Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto Workshop with Matt Stuart

Matt Stuart
Sep 19 - 23

Newsroom

In Pictures: Grenfell Tower Fire

Matt Stuart

Past Artist Talk
London,

Magnum Photos Now: Storytelling

Magnum Photographers
Jul 17 2017

Newsroom

In Pictures: London Bridge

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Past Square Print Sale

Closer

Magnum Photographers
Jun 5 - 9

Newsroom

Manchester Stands Together

Matt Stuart

Past Artist Talk
London, United Kingdom

Where’s it at: Discussing Youth Culture

Matt Stuart
May 18 2017

Past Workshop
London, United Kingdom

Re-visions of London with Matt Stuart

Matt Stuart
May 20 2017