Matt Eich

Matt Eich
"The Invisible Yoke"

July 15, 2014 August 30, 2014

Opening reception: Tuesday, July 15, 7:30 p.m.
Exhibit runs through August 30, 2014

On opening night, Matt will discuss The Invisible Yoke over a slideshow screening of the project.

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.

Half King 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 is 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.



The Half King photography series is curated by James Price and Anna Van Lenten

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