Matt Eich is a photographic essayist working on long-form projects related to memory, family, community, and the American condition. He is the author of four monographs of photography and his work is widely exhibited and held in numerous public collections. Matt’s projects have received support from an Aaron Siskind Fellowship, two Getty Images Grants, a VMFA Professional Fellowship and the Aperture / Google Creator Labs Photo Fund. He was an artist in residence at Light Work in 2013 and at a Robert Rauschenberg Residency in 2019. Eich teaches at the George Washington University, self-publishes under the imprint Little Oak Press, and lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Family and memory have been at the core of my practice since the beginning of my relationship with the photographic medium. My broader practice relates to themes of memory, family, community, and the American condition. Whether photographing families or strangers, I am always looking for qualities of intimacy and empathy in the work.
The photographs included in F22 were made last summer during a gathering of family on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Often, I bring together images that place humans in conversation with the natural world. These two images in particular “speak” to one another through a shared quality of light and contrasting color temperatures. Both images were made at dusk or after dark, when we would spend time wandering the beach in search of ghost crabs.
This image is of a midge swam drawn to the porch light of the house we were staying in. These moments of togetherness always seem short-lived, but the forced separation of the pandemic has heightened the fleeting nature of time shared as family.