Episode 2 – Matt Irwin, Photographer




Twenty plus years in the making, Matt Irwin has photographed Melbourne, recording her significant, intimate, secret moments all along the way. His ability to tap into a city’s heart, using the tools of photography to record not just what he sees, but what he feels is what sets Matt apart from the ‘picture-postcard’ approach to photography.

Matt started out hand-printing black and white images from his darkroom in his childhood home in the Bayside area of Melbourne. “I felt so lucky growing up so close to the Bay. I would get on my bike with my ‘not-so-flash’ SLR camera and ride around capturing early morning or early evening scenes, print them up and then sell them at various markets on the weekend.”

Over the years, Matt Irwin’s iconic photographic images, particularly of Melbourne, have gathered a dedicated following.

Opening his gallery and studio in Scott Alley (just off Flinders Lane) in August 2008 is a realisation of a dream to be part of the fabric of Melbourne’s vibrant and creative laneway precinct – an epicentre of inspiration for many of Matt’s images over the years.

Creative.biz joined Matt on a late night mission through Melbourne’s renowned alleyways for some creative conversation and inspiration.

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10 Responses to “Episode 2 – Matt Irwin, Photographer”

  1. On 06/10/2010 at 9:23 AM Lindy responded with... #

    Fantastic . Matts was realy moving.I love it.

  2. On 07/10/2010 at 1:07 PM Simon responded with... #

    Great stuff Matt, thanks for sharing your story. Keep up the god work!

  3. On 07/10/2010 at 1:08 PM Simon responded with... #

    And the good work too!

  4. On 07/10/2010 at 2:55 PM ryanspanger responded with... #

    Thanks for your comments, Lindy and Simon. For folks who’d like to see more of Matt’s work, go to http://www.mattirwin.com or check out his gallery in Scott alley in Melbourne.

  5. On 08/10/2010 at 3:02 PM Tess responded with... #

    …inspiring story. congrats on living your dream and loving it.

  6. On 20/10/2010 at 3:59 PM Marty responded with... #

    Well done Matt and Ryan. Just awesome!!!

  7. On 20/10/2010 at 4:23 PM mbd responded with... #

    Have been an admirer of Matt’s photos for years. As he says, it’s the real thing. I have this print on my wall at home and love it: http://mattirwin.com/singleimage.php?id=372&first=1

  8. On 20/10/2010 at 5:01 PM ryanspanger responded with... #

    Thanks Marty. Great to hear from you.

  9. On 21/10/2010 at 8:20 AM Mendo responded with... #

    Hi Matt, it’s Mendo from the markets a few years ago. So glad to hear how great you’re doing…I was so happy to stumble across your gallery a few weeks ago. Awesome awesome awesome.

    See you soon.

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