I use computers to question some of the things I make with cameras.

My work has been featured in The New York Times Magazine, WIRED, SLATE, GUP Magazine, FLAK photo, Conscientious Photography Magazine, Doubletake Magazine, Contact Sheet, Afterimage, Fotophile, In the Loupe, and other publications. I graduated from Princeton University where I studied philosophy, and the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, where I completed an MFA in Photography and Digital Imaging. I have taught photography at Amherst College, Bowdoin College, Ramapo College, The University of Connecticut, The University of Massachusetts, Boston, Middlesex College, and The Massachusetts College of Art and Design. I am the recipient of a J.William Fulbright Scholar Grant and the Ruttenberg Arts Foundation Award for the best new work nationally in photographic portraiture. Please contact me directly if there is an interest in the publication, exhibition, or sale of my work.

I live and work in Somerville, Massachusetts.




The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

The Library of Congress, Washington, DC

The George Eastman Museum, Rochester, NY

Transformer Station, Cleveland, Ohio

The Ruttenberg Arts Foundation, Chicago

The Friends of Photography, San Francisco

The Decordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA

Light Work, Syracuse, NY

Princeton University

The Polaroid Collection

The Museum of New Art, Detroit, MI

The Boston Public Library

The Massachusetts College of Art Collection

The Collection of Fred and Laura Bidwell

The Peter C. Bunnell Collection

The Collection of Gus and Arlette Kayafas

The Collection of Jim Fitts

The Collection of Jeffrey Keough

and other private collections



ONLINE (Links)

The Relationship Show (China Edition)

The Photographic Museum of Humanity: IMMANENCE


GUP Magazine #45/EVOLUTION (The Netherlands)

FLORET (Sweden)

The AIPAD Photography Show 2015


FLASH FORWARD FESTIVAL 2015: Photogogues via Griffin Museum of Photography

Matthew Swarts: Beth and the Alternatives at Kopeikin Gallery, Los Angeles



Group Show 44: Radical Color @ Humble Arts Foundation and Newspace

Super Massive Black Hole Magazine



Crusade for Art

Humble Arts Foundation


Empty Stretch

Conscientious Photography Magazine


Light Architect Magazine (LAM)

Le Journal de la Photographie


Tumblr Open Arts

Empty Stretch

Landscape Stories


Flak Photo Collection

In The In-Between

Shpilman Institute for Photography



Flak Photo Collection

LPV Magazine





Shane Lavalette Journal



The Photographic Dictionary




September 2019

The Relationship Show: China Edition

Curated by Patti Hallock and Samantha Johnston

September 19-25, 2019

PingYao International Photography Festival (Pingyao, Shanxi, China)


August 2019

NEWFLESH (Curated by Ephrem Zelony-Mindell) (Publication)

Gnomic Press, 2019.


May 2019

Person, Place, or Thing (Curated by Amy Giese)

New Hampshire Institute of Art

Peterborough, New Hampshire


July 2018

Le Boudoir 2.0 — by Isabelle Evertse and Annakarin Quinto

Contemporary American Photography @

Le Recontres d’Arles

Arles, France


March – May 2018

IMMANENCE @ The Photographic Museum of Humanity


March 30-April 2nd 2017

The AIPAD Photography Show

Pier 94

New York, New York


March 2017

Massachusetts College of Art and Design

Annual Benefit Auction 


January – March 2017

Colorado Photographic Arts Center

Denver, Colorado


November 5 – December 23, 2016

25th Anniversary Exhibition

Kopeikin Gallery, Los Angeles



A Matter of Memory

curated by Lisa Hostetler

George Eastman Museum

Rochester, New York


March 2016

Massachusetts College of Art and Design

Annual Benefit Auction 


December 2015


Art Basel Miami Beach, Miami, Florida


September 2015

UNSEEN Photography Fair

Amsterdam, The Netherlands


July 2015

Seattle Art Fair 2015

Seattle, Washington


June 23, 2015

THE DAY WILL COME: a multimedia presentation from SLIDELUCK GLOBAL curated by Maria Teresa Salvati @



June 2015


Columbia University, New York


May 2015

FEATURE: GUP Magazine #45/EVOLUTION (The Netherlands)



April 2015


Photo[gogues] as sponsored by The Griffin Museum of Photography

Boston, MA


April 16-19th 2015

The AIPAD Photography Show

Park Avenue Armory

New York, New York


March 7-April 18th 2015

Matthew Swarts at Kopeikin Gallery

Kopeikin Gallery

Los Angeles, California


February 13, 2015



February 9th-April 2015


Newspace Center for Photography

Portland, Oregon

Group Show 44: Humble Arts Foundation: RADICAL COLOR

New York, New York


January 2015

FEATURE: Super Massive Black Hole Magazine



INTERVIEW: Crusade for Art


December 2014


Kopeikin Gallery (Los Angeles)

Miami, Florida

WHAT IS A PORTRAIT? (curated by Ruben Natal-San Miguel)

RIPE Art Gallery

New York


November 2014

Matthew Swarts Transforms Intimate Portraits into Psychoactive Masterpieces, by Jon Feinstein.

Humble Arts Foundation

New York and Seatlle


October 2014

Breaking Ground: Contemporary Photography at the College of William and Mary
Willimsburg, Virginia


July 2014

Feature: Featureshoot.com by Pelle Cass
New York, New York


April 2014

Feature: Matthew Swarts
Empty Stretch
Washington, DC


March 2014

ONWARD Compe’ 14 Finalist Exhibition
Project Basho
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


November 2013

Petty Thieves Three Projection
Presented by Empty Stretch and Furthermore
Washington, DC


October 2013

Faculty Exhibition
Community College of Rhode Island
Warwick, Rhode Island

Fototazo: Portfolio: Matthew Swarts “BETH”


September 2013

Conscientious Photography Magazine: “Matthew Swarts and Beth” by Joerg Colberg


March 2013

Faculty Exhibition
Community College of Rhode Island
Lincoln, Rhode Island


February 2013

Texas Woman’s University
Joyce Elaine Grant Annual Juried Exhibition
Juror: Sarah Kennel
Associate Curator, Department of Photographs, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Empty Stretch: Mathew Swarts

Le Journal de La Photographie: In The In-Between Journal of Digital Imaging Artists

Tumblr Open Arts: Matthew Swarts, Beth, Long Beach Island, 2012.


January 2013

Light Architect Magazine: The Grandma Issue

SFMOMA: Curated Tumblr


December 2012

Saint Lucy: One Picture One Paragraph: Matthew Swarts

Spilman Institute for Photography: Another Look at the Flak Photo Collection


November 2012

Flak Photo Collection: Matthew Swarts, Beth, 2012.

Fototazo: The Image: Matthew Swarts, Untitled (Self-Portrait), Long Beach Island, New Jersey, 2007.


October 2012

In The In-Between: Journal of Digital Imaging Artists: Matthew Swarts and the Reconditioned Image

Landscape Stories (Tumblr): Matthew Swarts, Open Water


September 2012

Fototazo 115: Matthew Swarts


August 2012

Flak Photo Collection: Matthew Swarts, Mary and Michael, 2007.


November 2011

LPV Magazine: Matthew Swarts: Appropriation


January 2011

Slightly Lucid: Matthew Swarts


June 2010

The Photographic Dictionary: Matthew Swarts: warrior.


March 2010

File: Matthew Swarts


December 2009

Featureshoot: Matthew Swarts

Lenscratch: Matthew Swarts

Shane Lavalette Journal: Matthew Swarts

Wanderlustagraphy: Matthew Swarts


November 2009

Eyecurious: Matthew Swarts


August 2009

Los Angeles Center for Digital Art
Digital Art Los Angeles International Expo

March 2009

The Photographic Resource Center at Boston University

March 2008

Kresge Gallery, Ramapo College of New Jersey
2008 School of Contemporary Arts Faculty Exhibition

February 2008

DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park
“Photographs of Children From the DeCordova Permanent Collection”

January 2007

Louise and Bernard Palitz Gallery
New York City
“Digital Transitions: Selections from the LightWork Permanent Collection”

May 2006

DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park
2006 DeCordova Annual Exhibition

February 2006

Light Work, Syracuse, New York
“Digital Transitions: Selections from the LightWork Permanent Collection”

September 2005

Pascal Gallery, Ramapo College of New Jersey
“Two New: Matthew Swarts and Irina Nakhova ”

January 2005

Museum of New Art (MONA), Detroit
“Third Annual Film and Video Festival”

June 2004

Syracuse University
Light Work Artist Residency

Fall 2002

The Boston Academy of Fine Arts
“Ten Boston Photographers”

Spring 2002

The DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park
“The DeCordova Collects: Recent Acquisitions”

Fall 2001

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
“Recent Acquisitions in Photography”

Fall 2001

The DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park
“Alone: Images of Isolation”

Summer 2001

The Art Museum, Princeton University
“The Peter C. Bunnell Collection”

Spring 2001

The Friends of Photography, San Francisco
“Matthew Swarts/Mystery School”
The Ruttenberg Arts Foundation Award
Juror: Jeffrey Fraenkel

Fall 2000

Fosdick-Nelson Gallery, Alfred University
“Precedence: Emmet Gowin and His Students” (Traveling)

Fall 2000

Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, Massachusetts
“Artcetera 2000″

Spring 2000

Atrium Gallery, University of Connecticut, Stoors
“Matthew swarts: Mystery School”

September 1999

Film and Video Studies Gallery, Hampshire College
“Seventeen Artists”

April 1999

Gallery at 185 Nassau Street, Princeton University
“Matthew Swarts: Photographs”

November 1998

Film and Video Studies Gallery, Hampshire College
“Matthew Swarts: Children with Cancer”

October 1998

Eli Marsh Gallery, Amherst College
“Matthew Swarts and Karin Stack: Recent Work”

September 1998

Carpenter Center For the Arts, Harvard University
“Matthew Swarts: Children with Cancer”

August 1998

Fuller Museum of Art, Brockton, MA
“Nothing So Mysterious as a Fact”

February 1998

Children’s Hospital-Boston/Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
“Children of the Dana Farber”

May 1997

Bakalar Gallery, Massachusetts College of Art and Design
“Matthew Swarts: Children with Cancer”



Conscientious Photography Magazine: “Matthew Swarts and Beth,” by Joerg Colberg (2013)

In the In-Between: “Matthew Swarts and the Reconditioned Image” by Greg Jones (2012)

LPV Magazine: “Matthew Swarts: Appropriation” by Bryan Formhals

In the Loupe: The Photographic Resource Center, 2009 (cover and article)
The 2006 DeCordova Annual Exhibition (catalog)
Contact Sheet #132: The Light Work Annual 2005
SBR Summer Stipend 2006 Trustees of Ramapo College
LightWork, Syracuse, New York: Artist-in-Residency Program, Spring 2004
Matthew Swarts Untitled, Self-published Artist’s book, 2004
Trustees of Bowdoin College Faculty Research Grant (2004)
J. William Fulbright Scholar Grant (Costa Rica) 2001-2002
Ruttenberg Arts Foundation Award, Friends of Photography, San Francisco 2000
The New York Times Magazine, “What They Were Thinking” (September 10, 2000)
Doubletake (Spring 1998)
Fotophile, 34, (Winter 2000), 39 (Spring 2001)
Afterimage, may 2001 (review)
Children with Cancer (Self-published Artist’s book) 1999
Mystery School (Self-published Artist’s book) 1999
Trustees of Amherst College Faculty Research Grant (1998, 1999)
Trustees of Amherst College Faculty Travel Grant (1998, 1999)
The Polaroid Corporation Artist Support Grant (1999)
Camphill Foundation Grant (1999, 2000)
Inside the Institute (A Dana-Farber publication) June 1997
Decamp Fellowship for Bioethics, Princeton University, 1991


Lecture and Workshop: “Deliberate Realities: Truth in Contemporary Photography” Centro Diseno/Cine/Television, Mexico City, Mexico, TBA
Artist Lecture and Presentation: Syracuse University, March 2006
Featured Presentation: “Matthew Swarts: Mystery School,” Society for Photographic Education (SPE) 2001 National Conference, Savannah, Georgia
Columbia College Chicago: Visiting Artist Lecture, Spring 2001
Ithaca College Spring Lecture Series: April 2000
New York University, Visiting Artist Lecture, Spring 2000
University of Connecticut, Visiting Artist Lecture, Spring 2000
The George Eastman House, Artist Lecture (SPE conference), November 1999
Harvard University, Visiting Artist Lecture, November 1998
Rhode Island College, Visiting Artist Lecture, November 1997


Princeton University, A.B. with honors, Department of Philosophy, 1992
Massachusetts College of Art and Design, MFA, photography, 1997
Bryn Mawr College, Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Program, 1994


Community College of Rhode Island
Adjunct Professor of Photography/Digital Media
Warwick, Rhode Island
Fall 2012 – Spring 2015

Ramapo College of New Jersey
Assistant Professor of Photography/Digital Media
Mahwah, New Jersey
Fall 2005-Summer 2010

Bowdoin College
Visiting Assistant Professor of Visual Art
brunswick, maine
Fall 2002-Spring 2004

Amherst College
Visiting Assistant Professor of Fine Arts
Amherst, Massachusetts
Fall 1998-Spring 2001

University of Massachusetts at Boston
Adjunct Professor
Boston, Massachusetts
Spring 1998

The University of Connecticut
Adjunct Professor
Storrs, Connecticut
Spring 1998

Middlesex College
Adjunct Professor
Bedford, Massachusetts
Spring 1998

Massachusetts College of Art and Design
Boston, Massachusetts
Fall 1996-Spring 1997