Matthew Abbott


“Matthew has a very particular eye and commitment to telling stories in his own country. There is a particular beauty and melancholy that he manages to depict in a particular geographic location of Australia. Rarely do photographers choose to photograph simple, straight stories that have local resonance; I feel we need to celebrate the photographers who studiously dedicate themselves to a local audience and local stories.”

Donald Weber, photographer, Canada - 6x6 Global Talent Program nominator

Based in Sydney, Matthew Abbott covers social and political issues that define Australia. He studied International Photojournalism at the Danish School of Journalism and completed a Masters of Arts at Sydney University.

Works by Abbott have been selected for The National Portrait Prize in 2012, 2015 and 2016. He won the Sydney Morning Herald Documentary Photographer Award and the Melbourne Leica Photojournalism Award. In 2016, he won the Judges Commendation Award at both the CLIPP landscape prize and IRIS portrait prize at the PCP, and again the IRIS prize in 2017. Abbott’s photographs documenting Australia’s offshore detention centres on Manus Island for Der Spiegel was nominated for and exhibited at the Reporterpreis in Berlin.

He is a current member of the Oculi collective, Australia’s leading cooperative of photographic artists. Abbott’s photographs have been exhibited extensively internationally and throughout Australia, including the Centre of Contemporary Photography, Perth Centre of Contemporary Photography and the MAMA Gallery. In 2016, Abbott held his first solo exhibition featuring his long term project ‘The Land Where the Crow Flies Backwards’ at the Fox Gallery, Melbourne. A year later, he showed this work at ‘La Nuit des images’ at the Musée de Elysée in Lausanne, Switzerland organised by the Australian Centre of Photography. A selection of the work was then exhibited at the Red Hook Lab Gallery, New York. His work is held in numerous public and private collections, including the National Library of Australia.

Abbott’s editorial clients include The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, Der Spiegel and La Repubblica. He also does commercial advertising, including clients such as Uber, Mont Blanc and Menzies. Abbott works regularly for global and national NGO’s and non-profit organisations. He teaches on a regular basis at institutions and universities around the country.

See Matthew Abbott's 'Camp Dead End' on Witness, World Press Photo's online magazine.

Matthew Abbott was also nominated by Søren Pagter. Find out about the 6x6 Global Talent program nomination process and our growing community of global nominators.

Matthew Abbott