LUCEO member Matt Eich has received a $12,000 grant from ShootQ/Pictage for his ongoing project “Sin and Salvation in Baptist Town.” These images were part of his original application, submitted in August of 2010.
Still in his mid-twenties, Matt Eich has an impressive list of achievements under his belt already. I had a general sense of curiosity about his work, and I figured the best way to learn more about it - and the person behind the camera - was to ask some questions
Matt Eich was studying photography in college when he and his girlfriend had a baby at 21 years of age. As you can imagine, this forced him to be much more deliberate about growing his photography business and he started freelancing while in college. His vision as a photographer led him the 2006 College Photographer of the Year (CPOY) award, and he also co-founded Luceo Images, which is one of the bright stars to emerge in the photography collective world.
This thought occurred to me most recently when Matt Eich was in Portland for the opening of a showing of his pictures at Blue Sky Gallery. Matt was carrying his camera, a Canon 5D Mark II with a 35 mm f1.4, as he almost always does. He set it on the table in front of me when we were having drinks. And there it was, a piece of machinery so well used that there’s a lot worn silver around the edges and a ding or two. The lens glass was spotless, however.
Righthaven, the Las Vegas copyright troll formed this spring, has moved beyond lawsuits over newspaper articles and begun targeting websites for the unauthorized reposting of images. First up, more than a dozen infringement lawsuits concerning the so-called Vdara “death ray.”
September 23: A few minutes shy of 9PM I arrive in Greenwood and check into the Best Western. After dropping my stuff I jump in the car and roll over to the Burger King, one of the few places still serving food, and get two cheeseburgers, which I eat while driving to Baptist Town. I don’t need the GPS anymore to find my way around. Turns are made from memory, the pattern has solidified and it makes me feel more connected to the place.
I mention the following probably just because I have Leicas on the brain after the past couple of days, but it strikes me that the S90 and S95 might be the up to the minute analog of the original Leica—the so-called "Barnack camera." It's capable but stealthy, as tiny as it can reasonably be, supremely portable and able to be carried virtually anywhere
After having nearly a week in Baptist Town while on assignment in May, I decided to return on my own in early July so I could cement relationships and get to know the people I had been photographing without any time restrictions. It is wonderful just being able to sit on the porch with someone and not have to hurry off to make pictures elsewhere. So many images happen as a result of just being still.
Matt Eich (b. 1986) is a freelance photographer and founding member of Luceo Images. His work is rooted in memory, both personal and collective and he strives to approach every photograph with a sense of intimacy. He believes that stories are the fabric of history and that they have the power to inform and transform open-minded viewers.
In February of 2006 I unknowingly began making images that would later become an all-consuming project lasting for more than four years. I am excited to announce the first real printing of this body of work. Edited by Mike Davis and designed by his wife Deb Pang Davis of Cococello Design, it contains an afterword by Brian Paul Clamp, director of ClampArt in New York.
After almost a year of being gone I was recently able to return to Southeastern Ohio. While it is no longer my back yard, there are few places that feel more like home. After we moved to Virginia the Sellers family left Chauncey and moved to the larger city of Columbus, an hour and a half north where the twins, Kacey and Lacey (now almost 9 years old) enrolled in the deaf school