"The Invisible Yoke"
July 15, 2014 – August 30, 2014
On July 15, Matt Eich's
photo exhibit, The Invisible Yoke, opens at The Half King. Examining
microcosms of the American experience, this project comprises four
chapters: Ohio, Mississippi, Virginia, and a road-trip odyssey around
America. As such, it is a mining of American regional society. The
images refer to legacies of the nation's past, but keep the individual
front and center. And Matt is always alert to fantastical elements that
lend poetry to mundane realities.
curator Anna Van Lenten says, "In their framing, Matt's pictures often
embrace twin poles: past and present, bleak and gilded, domestic and
wild, vulnerable and tough, private and public. He seeks all
manifestations of American culture: high, low, marginal, conventional.
Along with his great eye, this omnivorous curiosity is his talent, and
it is how he brings American life back to us."
Matt Eich (b.
1986) is an independent photographer living in Norfolk, Virginia who
works on long-form projects about the American experience. As a kid he
mowed enough lawns to buy his first camera, and after that worked at a
Ritz Camera store, going on to study photojournalism at Ohio University
from 2004 - 2008. Since those glory days, he's made photographs for
clients ranging from National Geographic to GQ, Esquire, and Apple
around the United States, as well as Peru, Rwanda, Botswana, India,
Mexico and the United Kingdom. Over the years he's won numerous awards
for his work including being named one of PDN's 30 Emerging
Photographers and being selected for the Joop Swart Masterclass, and
Eich has placed prints in the permanent collections of the Museum of
Fine Arts Houston, The Portland Art Museum, the New York Public
Library, and elsewhere.
The Half King Photography Series
dedicated to showing exceptional photojournalism. In tandem
with its reading series, The Half King fosters a dialog
between photographers and writers that underscores the
importance of their unique relationship. Co-curating its
photography series are James Price, Assignments Editor at Getty Reportage, and Anna Van Lenten, writer and editor.