Matthew Kamholtz (born 1953, Brooklyn, NY; lives Brookline, MA) received a degree in music and philosophy from the Stony Brook University, State University of New York in 1974 and a second degree from Boston University School of Law, MA in 1982. Kamholtz’ work has been exhibited at numerous venues including the Photographic Resource Center, Cambridge, MA; the Danforth Museum, Framingham State University, MA; PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, VT; MPLS Photo Center, Minneapolis, MN; Praxis Gallery, New York, NY; Norfolk State University, VA; 20/20 Photo Festival, Philadelphia, PA; Rockport Art Association & Museum, MA; and the Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA. In 2019, he was awarded a finalist grant by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
Statement from the Artist:
Throughout the summer and fall of 2020, as the Covid-19 epidemic raged and the streets exploded in protest over the epidemic of police killings, this series of images was created by photographing television and computer screens as the protests, and the often brutal police reaction to them, played out. This highly mediated photographic process, full of digital artifacts and partially resolved images, distorted reality, but paradoxically revealed the intensity of the scenes as well. Although I was physically distant from the places the events took place, the images feel intensely present.