Matthew Brandt received his BFA from Cooper Union and MFA from UCLA. The work of Brandt is characterised by the use of unconventional materials that are linked to a specific place. In the series Lakes and Reservoirs, for instance, Brandt uses the water from the specific location he photographed in the development of the analogue photographs. The distressed and manipulated look of the photographs is a result from this process.
Matthew Brandt has been the subject of institutional solo shows at the Newark Museum, the Columbus Museum of Art, Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art and SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah and also featured work in many group exhibitions.
Brandt was shortlisted for the prestigious Prix Pictet Award in 2015 and had his work showcased in an exhibition at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. His work can be found in the permanent collections of countless renowned institutions globally, such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Art Gallery of South Wales, Sydney, Australia; Royal Danish Library, National Museum of Photography, Copenhagen, among others.
In 2014 a monograph devoted to Brandt’s work was published by Damiani. Matthew Brandt lives and works in Los Angeles.