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Mat Hughes Photographer

Mat Hughes b. 1964

Over the last few years, my artistic practice has returned to traditional photography and darkroom printing.


My work is pictorial. I work with large format cameras. My heroes are those artists from the late 1800’s who embraced photography and the new science. In a digital age where granular sharpness is often the benchmark, my work presents an older artisanal practice, one that celebrates authenticity. One where paper is coated by hand with light sensitive emulsion and where the print is finished with bee’s wax.


As a photographer my work is reflective, I’m chasing mystery the mystery in the shadows. And as a printmaker I am looking to celebrate the handmade nature of the work.

Solo Exhibitions

2023 This time, this place – Tacit Galleries, Melbourne

2018 Quiet Time: Above Savage River - Gasworks Arts Park

2016 In Flux – Consulate - General of Japan


Group Exhibitions

2023 Sheet Film (over view of work made in Victoria) - XYZ Gallery, Melbourne

2022 Threshold - Bayside Gallery, Brighton 

2022 Finalist - Heysen Prize for Landscape - Hahndorf Academy, South Australia

2021 Tacit Still Life Prize 2021 - Tacit Gallery, Melbourne

2021 Bay Windows - Gasworks Arts Park, Installation

2021 Flora - Heritage Hill Museum & Gallery, Greater Dandenong Arts

2021 Finalist - Heysen Prize for Landscape – Hahndorf Academy, South Australia

2020 Journeys & Discoveries - Bayside Gallery, Brighton 

2019 Group Chemistry - Friends of Photography Group-Brunswick Street Gallery

2019 Extending Tradition 2 – Lightbox Gallery - Astoria, United States of America

2019 The Print Exposed - Gold Street Studios

2018 Group Chemistry - Friends of Photography Group - Brunswick Street Gallery

2017 City of Knox - Immerse Arts Festival

2016 Shoot V2 - Melbourne Arts Club Gallery

2016 In Flux - Brunswick Street Gallery




2023 (August) Focal Press, Step by Step Manual: Kallitype, Van Dyke Brown & Argyrotype – Included artist

2023 View Camera Australia – “This time, this place” essay

2022 ARTDOC Photography magazine – “Beyond Blue” Alternative process portfolio feature

2022 View Camera Australia – “Beyond cyanotypes” essay



1981-1984 Plymouth College of Art & Design, United Kingdom

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