Czech Eden

Published by Aperture
May 1, 2007


Matthew Monteith studied at the International Center of Photography before earning an MFA from the Yale School of Art in 2004. He was a Fulbright Scholar in the Czech Republic from 2001-2002 and the resulting work was published as Czech Eden by Aperture in 2007. He was a resident at the Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation in New York City in 2004-05 and received the Abigail Cohen Rome Prize in Photography from the American Academy in Rome in 2008. His editorial work has appeared in many magazines, including GQ, The New York Times Magazine, Interview, W, and Dwell. His work has been exhibited in solo exhibitions in New York, San Francisco, Kyoto, Paris, Arles, and Cherbourg as well as in group exhibitions in New York, Charlotte, Miami, Washington D.C., Rennes, Ljubljana, Prague, and Rome. He is currently Assistant Professor of Photography at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston. He lives and works in Boston and New York.



2004 Yale University, New Haven, CT, M.F.A
1995 International Center of Photography, New York, NY, General Studies

Teaching Experience

2011- present Assistant Professor, Massachusetts College of Art and Design Boston, MA
2010-2011  Adjunct Lecturer, Hunter College of The City University of New York, NY
2006-   Instructor, International Center of Photography, Large Format for Photojournalists, Color Tech Seminars, New York, NY
2009 Lecturer, Yale University School of Art, MFA in Photography Afterlife, New Haven, CT
2008 Adjunct Professor, Pratt Institute, MFA program, Graduate Critique Seminar, Brooklyn, NY
1999 TA and Instructor, Lacoste School of the Arts in France (in affiliation with Bard College) Lacoste, FR
Teaching Assistant to Mitch Epstein, Black and White Darkroom Technique 

Visiting Artist

2014 University of Texas at Austin, School of Architecture
2012 University of Texas at Austin
2011 Ringling College of Art and Design
2009 Cornell in Rome
2007 Nicholls State University, Thibodaux, Louisiana

Other Experience

1996–present   Freelance Photographer New York, NY. 
Advertising clients include Microsoft, Apple, and Kiehl’s. 
Editorial clients include Dwell, Details, GQ, Art & Action, Architect, Gourmet, The New York Times Magazine, Departures, Fortune, Black Ink, W, New York Magazine, Lexus.
2004-12 Consultant to Laurie Simmons Studio New York, NY, Digital capture, retouching, and exhibition print proofing. 
1994-99 Laboratory Technician, International Center of Photography New York, NY

Selected Publications

2014 The Look: Diller Scofidio + Renfro with Matthew Monteith, Athens: Deste Foundation
2013 "The Explainers," Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin 2013, December 2013
2012 Lincoln Center Inside Out: An Architectural Account Diller Scofidio + Renfro, NY: Damiani.
2012 "Guardare," Fantom Photographic Quarterly, Issues 08-09, Autumn 2011 and Winter 2012
2009 Just Around the Corner: Capalbio Fotografia 2009. Rome: Punctum.
2008 Clinic.  Introduction by Michel Poivert.  Rotterdam:  Veenman Publishers.
2007 Czech Eden. Introduction by Ivan Klima. New York: Aperture.

Fellowships and Grants

2008 Abigail Cohen Rome Prize, American Academy in Rome (FAAR 2009), Rome, IT
2008 PDN Photo Annual 2008, Photo Books category, New York, NY
2005 Nominated for The Baum Award, San Francisco, CA
2004 The Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation studio residency, New York, NY 
2001 Fulbright Scholar Prague, Czech Republic

Solo Exhibitions 

2015 The Look, Diller Scofidio + Renfro with Matthew Monteith, Swiss Institute, New York, NY
2014 The Explainers, Mebane Gallery, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas
2011 Old School, School of the International Center of Photography New York, NY
2011 Mirrors, Morgan Lehman Gallery New York, NY
2007 Czech Eden, Rosier Gallery San Francisco, CA
2007 Cesky Raj, DOMA gallery, Charlotte, NC 
2005 Cars, Hotel Nord Pinus Arles, FR
2004 Cesky Raj, Prinz Galerie Kyoto, JP
2003 Cesky Raj, 779 Galerie + Editions Paris, FR

Two-Man Exhibitions

2012 Mind's Eye, The Gallery at Hermès, two-person show with Matt Ducklo, curated by Cory Jacobs, New York, NY 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2014 The Look: Destefashioncollection 2013 with Diller, Scofidio + Renfro, Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece
2013 Roman Forum, Singular Gallery, Pula, Croatia
2013 Selections, Bakalar & Paine Galleries, Boston, MA
2013 Pass This Along, StoneCrop Gallery, Ogunquit, Maine
2013 After the Fall, Garis & Hahn, curated by Andrea Pemberton, New York, NY
2011 Face, Head and ShouldersThe Contemporary Photographic Portrait, Copenhagen, DK
2011 The Seventh Annual BAMart Silent Auction, curated by Laurie Simmons and Carroll Dunham, Brooklyn, NY
2009 Commercial Paper, curated by Colin Montgomery, Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY
2009 system:system, St. Cecilia's Convent, curated by Adam Henry & Christina Vassallo, Brooklyn, NY
2009 Children's Museum of Art Auction, Phillips de Pury & Company, curated by Helene Miller, New York, NY
2009 Clinic, Atelier de Visu, curated by Remi Faucheux, Marseilles, FR
2009 A Question of Time, American Academy in Rome, curated by Marco Delogu, Rome, IT
2009 Just Around the Corner, Piazza della Provvidenza, curated by Marco Delogu, Capalbio, IT
2009 La Gioia, Palace of Exhibitions, Fotografia Roma, curated by Marco Delogu, Rome, IT
2009 ROMA, The Road to Contemporary Art 2, Hadrian's Temple, curated by Shara Wasserman, Rome, IT
2009 Lo Sguardo di Giano, American Academy in Rome, curated by Francesco Stocchi, Rome, IT
2008 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Benefit Auction, Cohan and Leslie, New York, NY
2008 Artists for Change Auction, Phillips de Pury & Company, organized by Ronald Feldman, New York, NY
2008 Clinic, Griesmar + Tamar, curated by Remi Faucheux, Paris, FR
2008 Blind Spot's 15th Anniversary Benefit Auction hosted by David Zwirner, New York, NY
2008 Outside/Inside, Gensler, New York, NY
2008 Inaugural Exhibition, DoMa Gallery, Charlotte, NC
2007 Clinic, Open Eye Gallery, curated by Remi Faucheux, Liverpool, UK
2006 Clinic, Les Nuits Blanches and Paris Photo, curated by Remi Faucheux, Paris, FR
2006 Let's Talk About…, Larissa Goldston Gallery, New York, NY
2004 Stilled Life, Placemaker Gallery, curated by Brian Sholis, Miami, FL
2004 The Art + Commerce Festival of Emerging Photographers, New York, NY
2004 ici+?=là, Galeries du Cloître, École des Beaux Arts Rennes, FR
2003 Osebno-Izrazno-Dokumentarno, Moderna Galerija, Ljubljana, SLO
2003 Pictures for People Like Us, Wallspace Gallery, New York, NY
2002 Advance Notice, ICP, curated by Allan Frame, New York, NY
2000 Ville/Visages: Young New York Artists, Regional Center of Cherbourg-Octeville, Normandy, FR
1999 Small Works, P.S. 122, curated by Allen Frame, New York, NY

Selected Bibliography 

Silvia Potocki Smiljanic, "Interview". Singular . (11/21/2013).
Scorza Barcellona, Gaia. "Fotografia, quando l'arte si fa guardare." La Repubblica. (6/20/13) Baldwin, Rosecrans. "The Art of Yielding: Matthew Monteith." The Morning News. (6/10/13).
Nastasi, Alison. "Delightful Photos of People Explaining Artworks to Other People." Flavorwire. (6/16/13).
Maurer, Daniel.  "The Bowery Gets a Shiny New Art Gallery." The Local East Village.  (1/7/13.) "Guardare." Portfolio.Fantom Photographic Quarterly (Spring 2012).
Dixon, Erin.  "Matt Ducklo and Matthew Monteith in Conversation."  Dossier. (Spring, 2012). Ho, Lauren.  "Matt Ducklo and Matthew Monteith exhibition, New York."  Wallpaper.  (3/20/12). Browne, Alix.  "Points of View." The New York Times Magazine.  (3/18/12).
"Guardare." Cover Image. Fantom Photographic Quarterly (Autumn 2011).
Ciccarello, Joanne. "Images of a Czech Rebirth." The Christian Science Monitor (11/27/07). Hartman, Eviana. "The Land That Bulldozers Forgot." I.D. Magazine (September/October 2007). Kuznik, Frank. "Paradise Lost." The Prague Post (August 1-7, 2007).
Lehan, Joanna. "In Print." Photo District News (August 2007). "Matthew Monteith: Czech Eden." Dwell (June 2007).
Lawson, Whitney.  "New Bohemia." Travel and Leisure (May 2007).
Ante Magazine (December 2005): cover. "One to Watch." Artkrush #10 (July 2005).
"Paris Photo: Première Foire Marchande de l'Image Fixe." Le Monde (11/14/03). Parr, Martin. "New Kids on the Block." Art Review #6 (Fall, 2003).
Boudet, Isabelle. "Matthew Monteith." World (September-October 2003).
"L'éden exotique de Matthew Monteith." Libération (8/28/03).
"PDN's 30: Our Choice of Photographers to Watch." Photo District News (2001).