Matthew Hamon

Location: Montana & Pacific Northwest
Nationality: U.S.A.
Biography: Matthew Hamon is a freelance portrait photographer who lives in rural Montana. His photography exists conceptually and aesthetically in the spaces between photojournalism and staged editorial imagery. Matthew currently lives in Potomac, Montana... read on
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matt hamon
Feb 15, 2020

GYMNOSOPHY: Our word gymnasium comes from a Greek noun meaning “place to be naked.” The adjective was gymnos, “naked.” In the early 20th century, the termgymnosophywas appropriated by several groups to denote a broad philosophy that promoted as an essential principle that the nude human body was a natural condition and should be normalized for the betterment of society.

In this series I comingle aesthetics and techniques associated with both journalism and formal portraiture to capture authentic, narrative images of naturists culture. My interest is in questioning historic references to “the nude,” challenging media paradigms of beauty, and engaging in the ongoing dialogue around body politics. I strongly believe that many of our cultural problems relating to sexual violence, misogyny, pedophilia, homophobia, and LGBTQ prejudices can be traced to a history of taboos relating to the corporeal. My aim is to diversify and normalize photographic representations of the nude.

"Never before did I get so close to Nature; never before did she come so close to me... Nature was naked, and I was also... Sweet, sane, still Nakedness in Nature! - ah if poor, sick, prurient humanity in cities might really know you once more! Is not nakedness the indecent? No, not inherently. It is your thought, your sophistication, your fear, your respectability, that is indecent. There come moods when these clothes of ours are not only too irksome to wear, but are themselves indecent. Perhaps indeed he or she to whom the free exhilarating ecstasy of nakedness in Nature has never been eligible (and how many thousands there are!) has not really known what purity is--nor what faith or art or health really is." -Walt Whitman


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Photo essay covering the Montana buffalo hunt featured in Stern:

By Matthew Hamon — I'm pleased to have a photo essay featured in this week's issue of Stern magazine (only in the print..
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National Portrait Gallery, London, Instagram Takeover

By Matthew Hamon — Flattered to be asked to do an Instagram takeover of The  National Portrait Gallery 's account this..
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C4FAP Portfolio ShowCase Vol. 10: Gymnosophy

By Matthew Hamon — I'm flattered to be included among this group of amazing image makers in Vol. 10 of The Center for Fine Art..

Le Monde: La bataille des Sioux de Standing Rock contre le « Serpent noir »

By Matthew Hamon — Le Monde :  La bataille des Sioux de Standing Rock contre le « Serpent noir Â»

The Washington Post: Taylor Wessing Prize...

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High Country News

By Matthew Hamon — I've always loved HCN's coverage of issues of the West. Here's a piece on  High Country News  by..

Standing Rock: M le magazine du Monde

By Matthew Hamon — I have several images from the Standing Rock protest featured in this week's edition of M le magazine du..

Emerging Photographer Winter '16

By Matthew Hamon — I'm very flattered to be featured among this diverse group of photographers in the Winter '16 edition of..

The Stand at Standing Rock

By Matthew Hamon — I'm pleased to share images from a recent visit to the ongoing protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline at the..

Gymnosophy in the Missoulian.

By Matthew Hamon — It was a pleasure to speak with the Missoulian's, Cory Walsh, about my recent Gymnosophy project and the..
Exhibitions News

Taylor Wessing Prize

By Matthew Hamon — A portrait of Josh... Accepted to the 2016 edition of the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize at the National..
Exhibitions News

Taylor Wessing Prize

By Matthew Hamon — Very flatttered to have this portrait of Epona nursing her son accepted to the 2016 edition of the Taylor..


By Matthew Hamon — Excited about a new project I'm working on, Gymnosophy. link: Gymnosophy  

Here's a little piece I shot for Outside Magazine on mushroom whisperer, Larry Evans.

By Matthew Hamon — We tracked down one of the country's foremost fungi hunters to find out what's in..
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