Phoenix, AZ, USA
Emily Matyas’ work is rooted in the ducumentary style of 20th century black and white photogrphers. She began her career as a journalist, working free-lance for several magazines and as a corespondant for Save the Children in Mexico. Her work, however, often adresses issues through the use of metaphor and idea, rather than through direct representaion, which prompted her to enter the fine art realm of photography. In 2002, she received an MFA in photography from Arizona State University.
Her work has been exhibited across the country and collected by individuals, universities and The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. She is a 2010 recipient of the Julia Margaret Cameron Award and various other awards. She has taught photography on the college level and led several children’s workshops.
Currently, she is working on a fine art series of photos that deal with family and heritage. The project involves travel to Romania and also doing photographs at home. In addition, she still travels to Mexico at times to keep up with images and people there.
2010 - Julia Margaret Cameron Award, 2004 - Project Grant Award/Arizona Commission on the Arts, 2002 - Traveling Exhibit Program Grant