matt nighswander news

Upcoming/current/recent exhibitions & publications:

Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, Colo., Portfolio ShowCase Award show, "Dark Country Road," Jan. 30 - Feb. 21, 2015

Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, Colo., Portfolio ShowCase Volume 7, June - July 2014

Museum of the City of New York, Rising Waters: Photographs of Hurricane Sandy, Oct. 29, 2013 - April 20, 2014

Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, Colo., "Urban Landscape," Nov. 30, 2012 – Jan. 5, 2013

Cover photo for 'Superior Donuts,' a play by the Tony and Pulitzer Prize- winning author Tracy Letts

Pictura Gallery,
Bloomington, Ind.
Two-person show featuring
my "chicagoland" series &
Bill Guy's series "Finding Walden." June 4 - July 31, 2010

-Cricket in the Bronx
-Homeless soccer
-Fast-food workers

Gallery Stock

52 Editions Catalog


Getty Images New Photographers 2007


(See my tumblr for recent pictures)

September 2015
Photo Center Northwest
My lead image from "Dark Country Road, Tamworth, N.H." will be featured in "Punctum," the 20th Annual Juried Exhibition at Photo Center Northwest in Seattle.
Lecture: Thursday, December 10, 6:30pm at SAM
Artist and Awards Reception: Thursday, December 10 at PCNW
This annual exhibition is one of the most anticipated shows in our gallery program. This year the theme is punctum and is juried by Julia Dolan, the Minor White Curator of Photography at the Portland Art Museum. A wide range of visually rich images were selected shared from artists across the world. This year 30 artists were selected for Punctum: 20th Annual Photography Exhibition. There were 1311 images submitted with 213 photographers in the running. The Artists’ and Awards Reception will be at PCNW on Thursday, December 10, 8:00 – 9:30 pm, following Julia Dolan’s lecture at Seattle Art Museum.

April 2015
Ain't Bad Magazine
"Waiting for the Jets" is featured in Ain't Bad Magazine.

February 2015
"Dark Country Road" at C4FAP
I'm very excited to head out to the Center For Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, Colo., for this show.

Matt Nighswander – Dark Country Road
January 30 - February 21, 2015
Opening reception: February 6, 2015 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM

November 2014
"Next Door in Brooklyn" on Lens Culture
I've posted a new gallery on the Lens Culture site of my new series "Next Door in Brooklyn." Still a work-in-progress and when I say "new," I only mean new to the world as a series, some of the photos go back seven years. But stuff looks good on the Lens Cultures site and it's much easier to update than this antiquated website.

October 2014
Petty Thieves #5
I got my copy of Petty Thieves Five from the Empy Stretch guys today. Pretty cool, I’d forgotten what I’d sent them so it was nice to see they used this picture of my daughter at Lake Chocorua in New Hampshire.

June 2014
C4FAP Portfolio Showcase
It was very nice to see my photo on the cover of the Center for Fine Art Photography's Portfolio Showcase. Inside looks great, too. It should be available on their store soon

April 2014
C4FAP Portfolio Showcase
I'm excited that my "Dark Country Road" series will be included in the Center for Fine Art Photography's Portfolio ShowCase Book7 with juror Alexa Becker, the acquisitions editor for photography and art books for Kehrer Verlag. Fifteen photographers will be featured in the book which will publish this spring and there will be a group show at the center in June. Most exciting for me, however, is that Alexa Becker selected my work for a solo show at the center in Jan.-Feb. 2015. More to come on that!

from "Dark Country Road," Gilmanton, N.H.

January 2014
New York Times International
It's old news but someone recently sent me a high-res file of the spread in the NY Times international that featured my Brooklyn Bridge blackout picture in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. Hard to read at this size, but my picture is right above Ed Kashi's.

November 2013
New gallery
I've added a new gallery to the site: "Dark Country Road: Tamworth, N.H.," a sequel of sorts to "Dark Country Road, Gilmanton, N.H.

October 2013
"Rising Waters" exhibition
I got some good play from the Sandy photo exhibit (see photo below), including the lead slot on the New York Times' Lens blog (click here), inclusion in a slideshow on Time's Lightbox (click here) and a big spread on page two of the New York Times International Edition.

September 2013
Museum of the City of New York
My photo of evening commuters on the Brooklyn Bridge during the blackout after Hurricane Sandy is going to be included in the Museum of the City of New York exhibition 'Rising Waters: Photographs of Hurricane Sandy.' It opens Oct. 29.

July 2013
Dark Country Road
I've updated this gallery with a bunch of new pictures. (I'm hoping to launch a new Brooklyn gallery soon.)

Jan. 2013
Dark Country Road
I've added a new gallery to my site: pictures from a short, dark stretch of road in New Hampshire.

Dec. 2012
Urban Landscape
A photo from my in-progress series "Next Door in Brooklyn" is in this exhibit at the Center for Fine Art Photography. It's also the image for the exhibition poster.
Urban Landscape | November 30, 2012 – January 5, 2013
Artists' and Public Reception: December 7th from 6-9pm
Juror: Julia Dolan
View the Online Gallery

Gowanus area, Brooklyn, 2012

Oct. 2012
Loitering in the Commercial Landscape
I've added some pics to the 'Loitering in the Commercial Landscape' gallery, including these:

Sept. 2012
I've been lucky to start working with a new Brazilian gallery, Room8, and they've already made a few sales for me. It's still in BETA, but their site is up now. Hopefully, I'll be included in a show in Sao Paulo in a few months.

Brooklyn, 2007

June 2012
Chris Hondros Foundation
I'm honored to have this picture included in the Chris Hondros Fund Benefit and Silent Auction on June 21. Chris was killed while on assignment last year in Misrata, Libya. I was lucky to have worked with Chris at the AP in the late-90s before he'd emerged as an enormously talented and dedicated photojournalist. When I would occasionally bump into Chris over the years I was a little in awe of his success but he remained as warm, generous and approachable as he'd always been. He was a mentor to many.
'L' train, Chicago, 2005

Waiting for the Jets
I've added 13 pics to the 'Waiting for the Jets: Planeview Park' gallery, including these:

May 2012
Recently had this spread of my Coney Island photo in a book by the Spanish medical research foundation FMM:

Jan 2012
The Empty Stretch
(Happy New Year!) It was a little while ago, but my tumblr got a nice mention and I got a few pictures on the Empty Stretch blog.
Also, not much text, but this Kroutchev Planet Photo blog posted a ton of pictures.

Dec. 2011
I have another cover for Photon magazine, this time a crane shot from the Solar Decathlon in Washington, D.C.

Nov. 2011
I've been doing some work for Photon, a magazine for the solar industry, and I have the cover for this issue:

July 2011
New Works Online Gallery
My 'Waiting for the Jets' series is featured in the Silver Eye Center for Photography's New Works Gallery Online through Aug. 31

May 2011
Affordable Art Fair
The good folks from the Pictura Gallery in Bloomington, Ind., will be showing a few of my prints at the Affordable Art Fair in NYC, May 5-8. They are booth C5.

April 2011
Photobook NYC
PDN's Photobook NYC is now available on Blurb. You can also view the entire book through their preview function. My pictures are the first group.

March 2011
Perspective Gallery (cont.)
I got a mention (& a picture) in an Evanston paper's coverage of the Perspectives Gallery exhibition. Click here.

Feb. 2011
Perspective Gallery, Evanston, Ill.
A picture from my 'Planeview' series will be included in Perspective Gallery's juried exhibition of photography, LENS 2011, on display at the gallery March 3-27, 2011. Juror, Natasha Egan, Associate Director & Curator of the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago, will be in attendance at the opening reception on March 5, from 5-8 p.m.
Click here to see selected images.

Jan. 2011
From the Archives...
I just finished scanning some old negatives (& some really old negatives):
ocean horizon fighting men
Florida Everglades, 1990

florida everglades, ocean, retirees, relaxing, fishing bridge
Florida Everglades, 1990

parade, wheelchair, shriners, columbus, go-cart, elderly, funeral home
Columbus Day Parade, New Haven, 1991

dog, pick-up truck, pit bull, garbage bag, house, dog
New Haven, 1991

wrigley field, chicago, baseball, dollar, stands, field, skyline, buildings
Wrigley Field, Chicago, 1992

plane wheel, flying, aerial view, plane window, landing gear, river, terrain, new hampshire
New Hampshire, 1997

train station, rome, figure, shadow, transportation
Train station, Rome, 2001

brooklyn, trees, star, bare, window, cement Brooklyn, 2002

Dec. 2010
Photobook NYC Update
Whaddayaknow, turns out I'm the Grand Prize Winner of Photobook NYC, a 'PDN branded special edition book celebrating the images that capture true NYC experiences.' I'm looking forward to seeing the book, which should be out soon.

iGavel Auction

The lead image from 'Waiting for the Jets' is being featured in an iGavel auction presented by Daniel Cooney Fine Art. I was happy to see Chicago friends Cole Robertson & Stephanie Dean are represented in the auction and, also, Kevin Van Aelst, whose work appears regularly in the New York Times Magazine.

Nov. 2010
Superior Donuts
My picture of stools at Dunkin' Donuts has found a wonderful new home on the cover of the published version of 'Superior Donuts,' a play by the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of 'August: Ossage County.'

Oct. 2010
Photobook NYC
Several pictures from 'Waiting for the Jets' are going to be published this month in Photobook NYC, a 'PDN branded special edition book celebrating the images that capture true NYC experiences.'

Site updates
I've split what used to be the 'Chained' gallery into 'Chained' & 'The Commercial Landscape,' and included a bunch of new & recently unearthed pictures. Also, updated the statements page and tweaked the editing a few other places.

July 2010
Griffin Museum
A picture from my 'Waiting for the Jets' series is included in the Griffin Museum's Annual Juried Exhibition, curated by Joerg Coelberg of the Conscientious blog.

(It's my wife & son)
Griffin Museum of Photography , Winchester, Mass.
June 30 - Aug. 29, 2010
New Pictures
I've added a few pictures to 'Waiting for the Jets,' including these:

Also, these new ones in 'Welcome to New York':

May 2010
Pictura Gallery
I have a two-person show coming up with my friend ( & fellow alum from the Columbia College Chicago MFA program) Bill Guy. I've never been to Bloomington but I'm looking forward to spending a couple days out there for the opening.

Pictura Gallery, Bloomington, Ind.
June 4 - July 31, 2010
'chicagoland' & 'Finding Walden'

March 2010
I've added a couple pictures to the 'Waiting for the Jets" gallery and also posted a statement on the Statements page.

Feb. 2010
New Work

Jan. 2010
New Work
I've finally posted a new gallery to the site: 'Waiting for the Jets: Planeview Park, Queens.' The park is a rather scruffy, little piece of land that lies under the flight path of one of La Guardia Airport’s runways. Little more than an acre and bordered by chain link fence and a highway, it would hardly deserve notice if it weren’t for the planes that appear overhead when the runway is in use.

Also, I've made a couple additions to the 'International' gallery:

Guard outside bankrupt casino, Dominican Republic

Guard outside stalled development, Dominican Republic

Sept. 2009
Gallery Stock
What do Stephen Shore, Bill Owens, Larry Sultan, Jill Greenberg & I have in common? We all have photos on Gallery Stock.

Aug. 2009
Art of Photography Show
My 'Chandelier' picture is in the upcoming 'Art of Photography' show in San Diego. Unfortunately, I won't be able to make it to the opening but it looks like it'll be a good time and it's open to the public. Here's the press release:

'The fifth annual Art of Photography Show, an international competition and exhibition of photographic art, will debut the top 111 photographs on August 29, 2009 with the Opening Reception Gala and Awards Ceremony at the Lyceum Theatre Gallery located in San Diego’s historic Gaslamp Quarter. This free public reception will take place from 6:00 to 10:00 pm and is expected to attract over 1,500 people, including artists and collectors from around the world.
The final photographs were judged and selected from 16,000 entries from 57 countries by Charlotte Cotton, the curator and head of the Photography Department at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The fact that the Art of Photography Show is judged by a major museum curator each year is what differentiates the competition from other competitions. Photographers rarely have the opportunity to reach these respected and influential people, which is why the show receives so many entries from world-renowned photographers."

I was recently profiled on a French photography website, Fill-in. (My statement sounds much more impresive when you read it in the French translation.)
New Pictures
Recently added to the site:
Welcome to New York: 21
International: 15

July 2009
52 Editions
Each week, 52 Editions features a different photograph for $45, published in a limited edition of 275. After the first week, the photo moves to the catalog at a price of $75. Click here to see my 'Rest Area' picture which was featured last week. Another photo of mine should be featured later in the year.

April 2009
Waiting for the Jets: Planeview Park, Queens
These are some of the initial images from a project I've been working on about a scruffy little park next to La Guardia Airport. I have a lot more scanning (& shooting) to do, but I hope to get a gallery up soon.

Silver Eye New Works Gallery Online
My 'Chained' series is up on the Silver Eye Center for Photography's New Works Gallery Online through June 2009.

December 2008
Merry X-Mas


Oct. 2008
Center for Fine Art Photography
2008 International Exhibition of Fine Art Photography, Juror: Hossein Farmani, Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, Colo.
Oct. 3 - Nov. 1, 2008

Sept. 2008
PhotoShelter Prints
PhotoShelter is now selling prints from their site (at bargain basement prices, check it out!). My "Plane Over Mini-Mall" and "Sister" pictures are in the Contemporary Gallery.

June 2008
Griffin Museum of Photography
I have a large version (30" x 40") of the "Chandelier" in this show:
14th Juried Exhibition (Juried by Katherine Ware, curator of photographs at the Philadelphia Museum of Art)
June 5 - August 31, 2008
Winchester, MA

Chicago                                                                                              Brooklyn

Chicago                                                                                                     Brooklyn

May 2008
Art in Motion (Gen Art)
"Nokia Nseries and Gen Art proudly present an exclusive one-night only event where technology, art and film collide. Gen Art & Nokia’s Art in Motion will feature a fully curated show of contemporary photography in the River East Arts Center, on the beautiful Chicago River."
Wednesday, May 7
7:00pm - 11:00pm
435 East Illinois Street

March 2008
Photo Review
The Photo Review 2007 competition issue is now out and there's also an online gallery of competition winners.

New Pictures
I've added some new pictures to the site and shuffled some things around a bit. This should close the book on my "chicagoland" series. Hope to get some pictures from new projects up soon.

chicagoland: 14, 17
Chained: 28
Etc.: 14, 16, 17
Elevated: 11, 14
International: 16
Links page image

January 2008
Planes, Trains & Automobiles
Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, Colo.
"Planes, Trains & Automobiles," group show, juror Andrew Darlow
Jan. 25 - Feb. 23, 2008

plane over mini-mall

December 2007
Field Guide Exhibition

November 2007
The Sun
I have the cover of the November issue of The Sun magazine. It's kind of an old picture, 1998, of some sad looking giraffes at the Bronx Zoo. I've had a bunch of pictures printed by them over the years but this is my first cover.

October 2007
A Field Guide to the North American Family
Coming to a bookstore near you:

by Garth Risk Hallberg
For years, the Hungates and the Harrisons have coexisted peacefully in the suburbs of New York. But when the patriarch of one family dies, the survivors face a stark imperative: adapt or face extinction.
In sixty-three entries and an accompanying website, A Field Guide to the North American Family offers a collaborative portrait of two fictional specimens. Part fiction, part reference work, part photo-essay, this singular Field Guide invites readers and participants to consider the state of the family . . . and to explore the future of the book.
Contributing artists include:
Jordan Alport, Timothy Briner, Jessica Bruah, Kara Canal, Sandy Carson, Alana Celii, Janice Clark, Jason Curtis, John Paul Davis, Chris Eichler, Amy Elkins, Jason Falchook, Elizabeth Fleming, Catherine Gass, Hans Gindlesberger, Andres Gonzalez, Maury Gortemiller, Jonathan Gitelson, Jennifer Greenburg, Ben Huff, Christy Karpinski, Mickey Kerr, Liz Kuball, Michael Kwiecinski, Shane Lavalette, Jason Lazarus, Stacy Arezou Mehrfar, Nick Meyer, Matt Nighswander, Alexis Pike, Colleen Plumb, Gus Powell, Abby Powell-Thomas, John Putnam, Shawn Records, Rebecca Blume Rothman, Christopher D Salyers, Matthew Schenning, David Shulman, Kevin Sisemore, Brandon Sorg, Brian Sorg, Sai Sriskandarajah, Tema Stauffer, JJ Sulin, Brian Ulrich, Consider Vosu, Grant Willing.

Click here to go to full story

August 2007
Adbusters #73
This picture is in the newest Adbusters (Sept./Oct. 2007), on stands now. It's my third published in the magazine. Other artists in the issue include Robert and Shana Parke-Harrison and Abbas.

July 2007
Orleans St. Gallery
"ChicagoLANDscapes," July 7 -Sept. 8, 2007.
Reception Saturday, July 7, 6-9.
Orleans St. Gallery
Pheasant Run Resort
4051 E. Main St.
St. Charles, IL, 60174
Tel. 630.524.5048

Artists include: Caitlin Arnold, Michael Banning, Angeline Evans, Eulalio Fabie de Silva,
Brandon Fields, Maria Gedroc, Bill Guy, Emily Hoskins, Judy Langston, Matt Nighswander,
Brad Pogatetz, Jason Reblando, Perry Slade, Brandon Sorg, and Alexandra Stevenson.

Show also includes my friend Bill Guy. Check out this picture. Intense. He told me some people have said it reminded them of my "Fountain" picture. But I gotta give it to Bill, his is a much more layered, complicated picture. Here they are side by side:

Shots 96
Published a b&w version of "Car Tracks" in the newest Shots Magazine.

May 2007
Bear and Breakfast Gallery
Why do we check our e-mail so obsessively? Because every once in a while you get something out of the blue like a French gallery asking if they can sell your photos on their website. My pictures are up now at and I should be part of an exhibit in France next winter. There's an English version of the site but my pictures look better in French.

April 2007
Hair Trigger
I have the cover of Columbia's Story Workshop Anthology (and four pictures inside). They're all New York pictures from before I went to Columbia. Go figure. Jon Gitelson (the git) also has some great pictures inside.

March 2007
Public Art
My friend Oliver sent me a picture of my banner at 33 E. Congress St. in Chicago's Loop. It's the first time I've seen it. Wow, it's big.

Feb. 2007
Watershed Journal
I've got this spread in Watershed Journal:
(Also check out my friend Katherine Dyke's pictures in the same issue.)

Dec. 2006
Humble Media
My "Plane Over Mini-Mall" picture is included in a group show by sponsored by Humble Media.
new in town: pinned up and story
exhibition dates: december 11 - december 16, 2006
artist reception and closing party: saturday, december 16, 2006, 7-11p
the gallery at 3rd ward
195 morgan avenue | brooklyn, ny 11237

Nov. 2006
Public Art
My chandelier has been made into a giant banner (I'm talkin' 20'x 30') that's hanging on 33 E. Congress St. next to Columbia College Chicago. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to see it, since I now live in New York. Send me a picture.

F-Stop Magazine
My friend Christy included me in this online magazine. I like Brian Kaplan's snow pictures on this same page.

Sept. 2006
Jen Bekman Gallery
I was one of ten "Hey, Hot Shot" competition winners exhibited by the gallery. Nice to be up in Soho, but unfortunately it was only for five days.

Adbusters #68, Nov./Dec. 2006
It's on the stands now. No page numbers so you have to flip to the middle of the magazine to find my picture. It's this one. Also, check out my Columbia College friends and mentors Paul D'Amato and Brian Ulrich in the same issue.

Screen Magazine
Just in time for my move to New York, this Chicago magazine did a little profile about me being the only representative from Chicago in Getty's new photographers showcase. They call me a "native Chicagoan." Hah. Live Free or Die forever, man. Never forget the Old Man.

New Photographers 2007
The web site for the Getty Images' showcase of emerging photographers (including me)has been updated. It now has galleries for each photographer.

Columbia College Student Showcase
I think it's been up for a while, but I just noticed it. Here's the link.

July 2006
Site Redesign
I've redesigned the site, added some rollovers and thumbnails and some new photos.
Also, check out my goofy web project: Matt's Rollover Madness