RELEASE DATE 11 November 2015
PUBLISHER Kehrer Verlag
AUTHOR Matt Henry
Trim size: 280mm x 240mm
Extent: 112 pages
Photographs: 72 colour
Cover: Matte, foil-embossed
Price: £35 / $50
Short Stories is the first monograph of photographer Matt Henry and re-imagines the turbulence of 1960s and 1970s America through the lens of small-town life. Comprising fictional scenes — often requiring intricate sets, large casts and crew — Henry’s work plays with fragments of American photography, cinema, and literature to explore underlying ideological concerns. His new book brings together eight years of work and includes previously unseen images.
“Everything was to play for in this era,” says Henry, “Culture and politics fused like no other time. Much has been made of urban movements like the Haight-Ashbury but I became interested in how the more rural and isolated parts of the USA fared during the so-called Age of Aquarius. The tension between burgeoning liberal ideas and the stubborn conservatism of rural America is fascinating for me, and provides the most fantastic backdrop for storytelling.”
The photographs were captured between 2007 and 2015, mostly as scenes staged in the UK, with Henry’s first trip to shoot on American soil taking place in March 2015. The characters are a mix of professional actors, friends, and street casting, and Henry puts to use his own skills in prop and costume styling, storyboarding and set design. Henry is recognised for his use of light and colour and an implied narrative that challenges the viewer to address their own imagination in considering his works.
Matt Henry (b. 1978) is represented by the Michael Hoppen Gallery and has been featured in publications such as the Independent, Telegraph, Le Monde, Oxford American, Aesthetica, Printed Pages, and the British Journal of Photography. Henry was one of four winners at this year’s FORMAT 15 International Photography Festival, and his work has been exhibited in Europe, Asia and North America. Henry’s practice focuses on the politics and culture of the USA during the 1960s and 1970s, a topic he researched in his BA Politics (Univ. of Nottingham) and MA Photography (Univ. of Brighton). He grew up in North Wales and is now based in Brighton, England.