Matthew Brookes

Matthew Brookes

Biography

Biography

Born in England, raised in South Africa, it was in Paris that Matthew Brookes first discovered his passion for photography. The allure of the city had a profound influence on his aesthetic as a photographer.

Aside from working with celebrities and models Brookes also enjoys photographing athletes and dancers as he is fascinated in the human form and movement. In 2015 he published “Les Danseurs”, a series of photographs of the ballet dancers of the Opera de Paris.

Matthew Brookes likes to find the emotion in his subjects before he photographs them because for him it’s as much about what he feels when they are in front his lens as to what he sees. Its about scratching below the surface and finding the real person in each portrait he creates, rather than the image the subject might feel they should project.

Brookes’ portraits feature in a wide range of publications –Vanity Fair, Vogue, L’Uomo Vogue, The New York Times’ T Magazine, Interview, British Vogue, etc

Matthew Brookes works closely with a variety of luxury brands including  Giorgio Armani, Ralph Lauren, Burberry, Breitling, Cartier, Louis Vuitton, Berluti, David Yurman, Hugo Boss, Tommy Hilfiger, Trussardi, Zegna, etc

He divides his time between Paris, Los Angeles and New York.

In 2021, Matthew Brookes published  “Into the Wild, a vibrant celebration of surf life. For this project, Brookes followed a group of young surfers from Venice Beach on their adventures up and down the coast. The result is a story of van culture along the California coast—a story of youth choosing to follow their dreams, living out of vans, existing for surf and travel and freedom, and always chasing the best waves. The documentary-style photographs are typical of Brookes’ work, with ethereal shots punctuating more naturalistic photos.

In 2022, Matthew Brooke’s first solo exhibition at La Caserne in Paris, called “Togetherness” talks about the spirit of connection and love between all kinds of couples with as much diversity as possible.

Matthew Brookes is working on his next project to be published by Damiani in 2024.

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“Expression of Freedom” Book| Matthew Brookes | Damiani | available October 2024

An homage to unifying art of dance, as captured over the course of 10 years and across four continents. 'Expression of Freedom' by Matthew Brookes deep-dives into the melliferous world of dance, celebrating the togetherness and inclusivity found through the art form.
In the last ten years, Brookes traveled across four continents for this grand photographic project, capturing dancers in motion within their geographic contexts—Paris, Milan, London, Tokyo, South Africa, New York, Brazil and Los Angeles.
'Expression of Freedom' by Matthew Brookes is available for pre-order now on damianibooks.com
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Togetherness

La Caserne, Paris

2022

Into the Wild
2020

Into the Wild is a vibrant celebration of surf life. For this project, MatthewBrookes followed a group of young surfers from Venice Beach on their adventures up and down the coast. The result is a story of van culture along the California coast—a story of youth choosing to follow their dreams, living out of vans, existing for surf and travel and freedom, and always chasing the best waves. The documentary-style photographs are typical of Brookes’ work, with ethereal shots punctuating more naturalistic photos.

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Damiani

Les Danseurs
2015

“Les danseurs” is an examination of the raw male physicality of Parisian ballet dancers. Brookes studied these dancers for a year, removing them from their usual environment, and asking them to act as though they were birds falling from the sky, to capture this series of breathtakingly original images. (Another magazine)

Damiani