Matthew Gamber is an artist and educator based in Boston, Massachusetts. His work has been exhibited at Fitchburg Art Museum, deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Chelsea Art Museum, American University Museum at Katzen Arts Center, and Toledo Museum of Art. He is the recipient of a Blanche E. Colman Award, the Traveling Fellowship from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the New Photography Grant from Humble Arts Foundation.
Gamber is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Visual Arts at the College of the Holy Cross, having previously taught at Boston College, Lesley University College of Art and Design, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Savannah College of Art and Design, and Massachusetts College of Art and Design. He has also previously worked on archive and digitization projects with Harvard University and the Boston Public Library. Gamber is represented by Gallery Kayafas in Boston, and is a founding editor of Big Red & Shiny.
A travel and self taught fine art photographer for over 17 years, I love the “process” of creating the image. Classic cameras, Pinholes, and Plastic Cameras help push the visions along – I’m a big fan of choosing a specific camera to get me into a certain mindset. I try to spend some quality time in my Darkroom every month – though, thanks to Lensbabies and my Nikon D700, the digital darkroom is piquing my interest in pixels!
I moved to Brooklyn 9 years ago and started working as a fine art printer, but with the onslaught of digital, those jobs quickly became hard to come by. Soon after that, I was hired by a small local mom and pop photo store called B&H. It has been a great experience, giving me the opportunity to try out the latest gear and meet some amazing friends. For the last 6 years, I have been representing B&H at various trade shows and seminars taking pictures all along the way from Paris to Oklahoma and Hawaii!
I have always been fascinated with mythology and ancient history and, when 15 years ago, I got the opportunity to visit some of these ancient ruins in the Mediterranean, my photography found a new theme: ruinism ~ the beauty of decay. One of my theater professors at UNH taught us that every person is like a coin; you have two sides and what makes the character interesting is when you flip him/her and see what is on the other side. Photographing these ruins brought out this beautiful dichotomy in life and thus ruinism was born. I took this experience everywhere I went, with my camera flipping the coin as my finger pressed the shutter.
My work has been featured in photography exhibits in San Francisco, New York, London, and Hawaii