Matthew Broadhead is a British photographer based in Southwest England (b.1994). In 2016, he graduated from the BA (Hons) Photography program at the University of Brighton and gained sustained recognition for his body of work A Space for Humans: The Moon on Earth. A Space for Humans was featured in The British Journal of Photography, Wallpaper*, The Exposed Issue 2 and Fisheye Vol 1.
Matthew has also been selected as a winner for awards from Magnum, Photoworks and Organ Vida. In late 2019, he graduated from the new MA Photography course at UWE Bristol with a new body of work titled The Sleeping Photographer.
Matthew’s practice is an engagement with photography as a critical medium and explores
conjunctions between different subjects, notably geology; anthropology; history; folklore and
mythology. Operating at the intersection between documentary and conceptual art, he is a storyteller
who uses factual source material. His third great-grandfather Frederick William Broadhead was an
artist and photographer based in Leicester during the late 19th century, and this is where Matthew will
make new work, in the ancient Charnwood Forest. His great-grand-father captured the romantic
landscape including Bradgate Park, Ulverscroft Priory ruin and the slate quarry in Swithland Wood,
and these features of the landscape still exist today. Using large format camera equipment,
Matthew will record the wider landscape of Charnwood Forest and will reference the geology, fossils,
landscape, wildlife, human activity, human influence, social history, stories and folklore of the
landscape. He will also photograph people that participate in the landscape to focus on its use
today, their understanding of place and history and their motivation for using the land.
Broadhead is also a collector and dealer of nineteenth-century photography and conducts a great amount of research on this topic. In particular, he specialises in the life and work of his third great-grandfather Frederick William Broadhead.
Image Credit: by Matthew Broadhead