Black Apple Pre-Sale on Kickstarter

August 18th, 2011

© Thatcher Hullerman Cook

Obscura (a non-profit I help establish in 2009) has just announced a Kickstarter pre-sale of our latest book: Black Apple by Thatcher Hullerman Cook. We will be accepting pre-orders for 30 days. Take a look at our page and order you copy soon!


August 1st, 2011

Astronaut, 2011 © Mat Thorne

I am thrilled to announce a solo exhibition of my work opening this Friday at Asymmetrick Arts in Rockland, Maine. The show is titled Mortals and will be the debut of a new series of the same name.

Be sure to come to the opening reception Friday, August 5, from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm if you are in the area!

Mat Thorne: Mortals
August 5–31
Opening Reception: Friday, August 5, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Coney Island 40 Years

July 13th, 2011

Coney Isalnd 40 Years: cover

I am very pleased to announce that Coney Island 40 Years by Harvey Stein has been released. I did the design for the book and am very pleased with the final results. The book is published by Schiffer Books and made it to bookstores earlier this month.

The book has also been getting some very good press and was recently featured on the New York Times. Harvey is also doing some book signings and other events which can be found on the book’s website.

The book can be purchased online through Amazon or directly through Harvey’s site. You can also look for it at your local bookstore!

The View Project

January 24th, 2011

The View Project began with renowned photographer Joyce Tenneson asking her friends and colleagues to send her “views” that were significant to them on a personal level. She then collected all of these submissions and carefully edited them into a collection of images for a book and traveling exhibition. Accompanying each photograph is a written description from the photographer describing the image and why it is significant to them. It is this personal touch, along with an interesting and diverse selection of photographers, that makes the View project so enjoyable.

I am also proud to have worked on the design of the book, and am happy to see it make its debut. In addition, I am very happy to have an image of my own included in the book (which was selected long before I was hired for the design, no conflict of interest here I promise).

Be sure to check out The View Project on Blurb:

There will also be a traveling exhibition as part of the project. Here are the dates:
Dec. 18 – Mar. 13 | Naples Museum of Art | Naples, FL
Apr. 7 – 9 | Gallery 27 | Santa Barbara, CA
Aug. 27 – Oct. 29 | Palm Beach Photographic Centre | Palm Beach, FL

And finally, here is a link to an interview with Joyce about the making of the view project:

2011 Workshop Schedule

January 11th, 2011

I am happy to announce my workshop schedule for 2011. With a new course in Norway, old favorites in Maine, and my first course at the Santa Fe Workshops in New Mexico, this promises to be a good year for teaching!

I will be posting student galleries very soon for anyone interested in seeing the work that comes out of these courses. And, as always, feel free to get in touch with any questions: info{at}

April 1–4
NORDphotography: Oslo, Norway

April 7–10
NORDphotography: Trondheim, Norway

April 24–30
Maine Media Workshops: Rockport, Maine

August 8–12
Santa Fe Photographic Workshops: Santa Fe, New Mexico

August 21–27
Maine Media Workshops: Rockport, Maine

August 28 – September 3
Maine Media Workshops: Rockport, Maine

Out of Place

November 22nd, 2010

I am very pleased to announce that my work has been included in a group show at the Tovin Studio Gallery in Nyack, New York. Blake Tovin, the gallery owner, is an exquisite furniture designer, and has partnered with Jared Cowan of Asymertrick Arts for this show. Out of Place features a collection of Maine’s contemporary fine artists. Included in the show are Gideon Bok, Meghan Brady, Jared Cowan, Jonathan Laurence, Warren Seelig, Colin Sullivan Stevens, and myself.


October 25th, 2010

I am excited to announce my first Norwegian workshop and lecture this month in Oslo. I will be presenting my photographs this Thursday at 2:00 pm at the Bilder Nordic School of Photography. This lecture will be a precursor to a three-day book design workshop that I will be leading at NORDphotography, also in Oslo.

Monday Night Presentation – save the date!

August 26th, 2010

I will be presenting my work at Union Hall Theater on Monday night (Aug. 30) at 8:00 as part of the Maine Media Workshops faculty lecture series. I will be showing new work from 2010 and discussing my approach to photography and the digital medium.

Faculty Presentation: Mat Thorne
8:00 p.m. Monday, August 30th
Union Hall Theater
2 Central Street
Rockport, Maine


May 28th, 2010

Obscura, a non-profit organization I co-founded, was officially launched this May with a celebratory photography show at Asymmetrick Arts in Rockland, Maine. Obscura’s mission is to support artists at all levels through scholarships, grants, and publishing. Initially we had intended to create a quarterly printed publication for the organization, but as our vision evolved we decided on an online publication instead. This idea became, which was launched on May 27. In addition to the launch of the site we have also announced the publishing of a softcover edition of The Blue Poet Dreams, the first book published by Obscura. May was a big month! We have a lot more in store for our organization… including the announcement of our first scholarship, as well as the launch of a store on our site to aid in the fundraising.

Be sure to visit our new site:


March 30th, 2010

I will have two new images included in the CAPTURE: 50 Photographic Artists show at the new Maine Museum of Photographic Arts near Portland. The opening will be on April 2 from 5:00 – 7:0 pm, and features work from artists such as Cig Harvey, Jonathan Laurence, Brenton Hamilton, Matt Bagwell, William Wegman, and Joyce Tenneson, to name a few. The work I will be showing is from a new series which I will be revealing in it’s entirety soon, most likely with a 2011 show at Asymmetrick Arts. So stop by the MMPA for a sneak peak! Or just take a look at the two images I’m posting below…

The MMPA is launching itself with the CAPTURE show. The gallery itself has begun a fundraising campaign for their website and other startup expenses which I would encourage any Maine photographer to contribute to. Maine is a state with a great community of photographers and artists, and it will be nice to have another serious venue for photography.