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Monday, 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

2011 Workshop Schedule

Tuesday, 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


Tuesday, 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.


Friday, December 18th, 2009

Seattle Suspects cover

David Brommer has just released his book Seattle Suspects, and also launched a new website, both of which I designed. The book has already gotten some great press, including a nice feature on the Blurb blog including an interview with David about the project.

David is offering the book for $60, with a limited edition set that includes a silver gelatin print for $200. Check them out!

Seattle Suspects spread

The Blue Poet Dreams

Thursday, October 8th, 2009

After months of work, I am proud to announce that The Blue Poet Dreams by Brenton Hamilton has been released. The book contains a beautiful selection of Brenton’s work, representing over a decade of his mysterious and fascinating approach to image making, and was designed by yours truly.

The first edition of the book is limited to 25 signed and numbered copies, each containing a unique cyanotype  (printed exclusively for this edition). Copies are $500 each and can be purchased here. This book also represents an exciting step forward for Obscura, a new publishing venture that I am a part of, and it’s subsidiary, The Obscura Press. Look for lots more to come on these projects!


Monday, June 1st, 2009

A new show just opened at Asymmetrick Arts in Rockland that I was included in. The show, Option, featured a lively mix of work that was simply up to each artist to provide. I decided on a new piece called Memorial I, check out the Asymmetrick site for photos of the work in the show. Jon Laurence, one of the artists included in the show, had a fun piece that appeared to rely solely on audience participation. I can’t say for sure, as I couldn’t make the opening, but he posted a time-lapse video on his blog that shows the creation of the work. Take a look..  while there, take a look at his slideshow of the opening to see some photos of Memorial I and the rest of the work included in the Option show.

Memorial I will be on display during the Option show at Asymetrick Arts in Rockland, Maine from May 29 – June 20. The closing reception, which I will hopefully be attending, will be Wednesday, June 17 from 5:00 – 8:00 pm.


Friday, April 24th, 2009

Trophy I and Souvenirs IV-VI will be on display at the Creatures exhibition at Aarhus Gallery in Belfast, Maine. The show will run from April 30 to May 31 with an opening reception on Friday May 1st. Be sure to stop by if you are in the area… martinis at Three Tides will almost certainly follow the reception.

Trophy I (deer skull, gold leaf, 36″x18″) © Mat Thorne 2008

Heart in the Wound

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

Heart in the Wound, a multimedia piece that I edited, will be screened at the Boston International Film Festival on Monday, the 19th. The project was shot and directed by Lisa Kessler, and centers on the clergy abuse scandal in Boston.

Here is the write-up from the festival:
Heart in the Wound is a gripping odyssey through the clergy sexual abuse crisis, as seen through the lens of photographer Lisa Kessler and the voices of three survivors. This short film weaves behind-the-scenes imagery of Cardinal Law, church insiders, lay people, protesters, victim-survivors and the media into a psychological tableau, revealing the forces of power and shame at the heart of sexual abuse, and the transforming potential of speaking truth to power. Often the focus is on the abuse of young boys, but as we experience from the story of Kathy, the lives of women have been greatly affected.

Heart in the Wound will be screened on Monday, April 20th at 3:30 pm during the Boston International Film Festival. The screening will be held at the AMC/Loews Boston Common at 175 Tremont Street. Click here to buy tickets.


Monday, February 2nd, 2009

I have sadly become what I had feared when I created this area of the site… a neglectful blog owner. But no more! Thanks to the chastisement of friends I have decided to finally make an update.

I am currently visiting Beijing, China..  just in time for the Lunar New Year. My longtime friend Ben Schuellein and his girlfriend Sophie have been living here for several years and have graciously allowed me to stay with them while I’m here. The celebrations for the New Year have been going on for over a week now. The celebrating reached a peak the night before the new year began when fireworks exploded over every block of Beijing for over six straight hours. I have never witnessed anything like it. I was completely awestruck and overwhelmed by the scope of the celebration. I am attaching a small photo of Ben in the midst of several thousand firecrackers and a short video of a pan across the skyline. The video is small, but you can see how the fireworks stretch over every part of the city.

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Opening Night

Thursday, July 17th, 2008

Thanks to everyone who came out to the opening last night! There have been terrible storms the past two out of three times I have shown work at Asymmetrick, so I was happy to have a picture-perfect evening for the show. Many thanks to Jared Cowan and Brenton Hamilton for helping so much with everything. The work will be hanging until the 18th of August so stop by if you are in the area.

Here are some photos from the night: