Matt Stuart

Matt Stuart

I am not sure which came first, being nosey or an interest in “street photography”, but a fascination with people and the way they live their lives is why I enjoy the business so much.

I can’t hide behind lights and technology, I am reliant on a small camera, patience and lots of optimism. But what I get in return is the chance to make an honest picture that people know immediately is a genuine moment and which hopefully burrows deep into their memories.

Matt Stuart (1974) is a British street photographer. He also works as an advertising photographer and leads street photography workshop. Stuart was a member of the In-Public street photography collective.

His books of street photography include All That Life Can Afford (2016) and Into the Fire (2020). His work has also been exhibited in solo exhibitions in Britain and the USA. Of note, his work also appeared in group exhibitions at the Museum of London (which acquired his work for its permanent collection), the Museum of the City of New York, France, Bangkok and Stockholm.

Stuart was born in Harrow, north west London, in 1974. In interviews he has described his life as having been spent singularly and obsessively devoted to one interest after another, including skateboarding from 1986 to 1994,and kung fu, before taking up photography working as an assistant to a photographer for three years. From that experience, he turned professional by working for himself from 2000 onward. His personal street photography is his main focus, predominantly in London—his book All That Life Can Afford (2016) includes photographs made there between 2002 and 2015. He also works commercially as an advertising photographer, and leads street photography workshops. Stuart became a member of the In-Public street photography collective in 2001 and in 2016 was a nominee member of Magnum Photos.