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About Matt Conti

From the hub of the universe, I wander locally and globally using photography to explore the mood of a place. In urban settings, I seek to unveil architectural character of a city, from its brightest lights to its darkest shadows (and sometimes the people within). Going beyond typical cityscapes, I look to add motion, illusion and even dislocation to my images using digital art techniques in a surreal or melancholy fashion. Occasionally, I escape Gotham-like cities for small town quaintness or to visit a natural wonder of the world.

I came to photography as a creative outlet while pursuing careers in engineering and investing. Now, it is my full-time obsession. Born and raised in New York, I 'temporarily' moved to Boston in the mid-1990's and never made it back. After founding a local online news business in Boston. I quickly realized the power of a photo in grabbing a reader's attention and telling a story. I have intensely documented the historic streets of the Greater Boston area where I founded the local websites:  NorthEndWaterfront.com and NorthEndBoston.comMy Boston projects include documenting Italian Feasts, the evolving Waterfront, its Rising Sea Levels, Fireworks, Tall Ships and Boston in the Snow.

A busy travel schedule keeps fresh my cityscape and landscape portfolios, with a nod toward night photography. Because of my background in community news, I also attend many events from a photojournalism angle and enjoy street photography.

I have been fortunate to have my images published in several newspapers, books and magazines including National Geographic, USA Today and the Boston Globe (see citations below). I am involved in a variety of photography organizations and often donate my images to community and non-profit organizations.

Contact Matt Conti

Contact me via email at matt@mattconti.com. You can also follow me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Exhibitions

Cambridge Art Association 2021 National Prize Show, Kathryn Schultz Gallery & Online. Selected for exhibition: Stata Vibesby juror Alice Gray Stites, Museum Director and Chief Curator, 21c Museums. View blog post(June 2021)

Griffin Museum of Photography, Motion Still. On exhibition (virtual): Downtown Moonset (February - April 2021)  View blog post.

Plymouth Center for the Arts, 53rd Annual Juried Art Show On exhibition: Rise - Lake Baikal, Siberia. (September - October 2020) View blog post.

Providence Art Club, National Open Juried Exhibition 2020. On exhibition: Grand Canal Reflections. Juror: Matthew Hargraves, PhD, Chief Curator of the Yale Center for British Art. The Art Club is one of the oldest arts organizations in the United States and this show received over 750 individual entries. [Catalog, Facebook album] (May 2020)

Plymouth Center for the Arts, The Fine Art of Photography, Tenth Annual Juried Exhibition & Competition. [Virtual Gallery] On exhibition: Burano Canal. (May 2020)

Ocean State International Photography Exhibition 2020, sponsored by the Photographic Society of Rhode Island (PSRI). On exhibition: Boston VibesJudges: Rick Cloran (HonPSA, GMPSA, HonNEC) Sarah Musumeci (MNEC) and Deb Page. (April 2020)

World Bank, Art of Resilience, Washington D.C. On exhibition: photos of "High Tide", a climate change adaptation project of UMass Professor / Artist Carolina Aragón (2020, Ongoing)

Old North Galleryin partnership with the Photographic Resource CenterRally Point - Bravery + Action. On exhibition: St. Anthony's Feast and Tall Ships (Summer 2019)

New England School of Photography. On exhibition: Prado Fountain Lights,.Red Brick Gallery, Light and Shadow (November 2018)

WGBH Boston Digital Mural (Mass. Pike I-90). On exhibition: North End Feasts (August 2013)

Awards

Merrimack Valley Camera Club’s 2021 George W. Glennie Memorial Nature Salon"First in Category" in the category Landscape with "Baobab Tree Sunrise". April 2021

New England Camera Club Council (NECCC), Best of Photojournalism Award, Havana Giggles; Honor Award, Boston in the Snow, 2019 Conference.

Boston Camera Club, Projected Image of the Year 2017-2018, Kálfshamars Light - Skagafjördur in Northern Iceland , June 2018

National Italian American Foundation (NAIF), Photo Contest, 1st Place for Flight of the Angel, October 2015

Publications

GlaszArt,Around the World with Photographer Matt Conti, July 15, 2020

Italian America Magazine, When Everyone's Italian!, The Summer Saint Celebrations of Boston's North EndSpring 2020. (Feast Galleries)

Commonwealth Magazine, Using Art to Highlight Climate Change, December 2019, Photos of RISINGEmotions exhibition in East Boston.

Paperbark Literary Magazine, FutureWATERS | AGUASfuturas, December 2019 (Featured Photos)

Landscape and Urban Planning Journal, The role of landscape installations in climate change communication by Carolina Aragón, September 2019 (High Tide)

CODAmagazine, Art with a Message, FutureWATERS | AGUASfuturas, 2018 (Gallery)

Panorama Magazine Cover,  St. Anthony's Feast, August 2017

UMass Magazine, Time and Tide, November 2016

National Geographic, Abroad at Home, Chapter 1, March 2015

Bay State Parent Magazine, "Family Guide to North End Feasts," August 2015 

Boston Globe, "On the Greenway, Public Art that Feels Alive," April 2015

USA Today - Travel Section, "Summer Suppers: Festive Street Fairs," July 2014

Thank you to Lee Varis to  to for the profile picture!


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