Matilda Temperley
Matilda Temperley

Matilda Temperley Somerset, UK

Matilda’s work is inspired by marginalised societies. It regularly appears in international publications such as The Guardian, The Telegraph, Harpers Bazaar and National Geographic. Matilda’s sell out book, Under the Surface - Somerset Floods won the Royal Photographic Society’s Vic Odden Award in 2015. Her second book, Omo - Change in the Valley documents human rights abuses in Ethiopia. Her third book, The League of Exotic Dancers - Legends of American Burlesque has recently been published by Oxford University Press.

Preferred Style
Romantic, classic, with an element of theatricality.

Preferred Camera
Normally a Canon 5d mark 2, but also a Nikon f3 35mm film camera for double exposures and some old medium format cameras for other personal work.

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  1. Dancer II (LUMIPRINT)
    Matilda Temperley
    Special Price £32.50 Regular Price £65.00
  2. African Boy (LUMIPRINT)
    Matilda Temperley
    Special Price £32.50 Regular Price £65.00
  3. Zebra Girl
    Matilda Temperley
    £144.00
  4. Polka
    Matilda Temperley
    £144.00
  5. Dalmation
    Matilda Temperley
    £144.00
  6. Dancer I
    Matilda Temperley
    £144.00
  7. Dancer I (LUMIPRINT)
    Matilda Temperley
    Special Price £32.50 Regular Price £65.00
  8. Dancer II
    Matilda Temperley
    £144.00
  9. African Boy
    Matilda Temperley
    £144.00

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Quick Questions

Inspiration?

 It varies depending on the project, but travel and distance are great incentivisers.

Who are your artistic heroes?

 Saudek, Sarah Moon.

What is in your dream fine art photographic collection?

 Sebastio Salgado.

When did you start your photographic career?

I used to work at the London School of Tropical Medicine, which is also where I studied. I worked in many places and realised I wanted to tell the stories faster than I could with science, so I consummated a childhood love and took up with a camera.

What work are you most proud of?

The book project ‘The Human Zoo’ that I am currently working on.

Best advice you have been given?

Don’t hurry a shot -take less images. I am still trying to listen to it though …

And what advice would you give younger photographers?

Be calm. Your energy will influence everyone in the studio.

Worst moment?

Breaking my knee and photographing a fashion show in a wheelchair.

Secret ambition?

To run away with the circus.

Where do you live? What do you love about it?

I am a country bumpkin at heart - but London is where I live and work.

Describe the best party you have ever been to. 

In the Maasai with 2000 warriors, dancing to jazz.

What is a good life?

When your job is enjoyable enough to feel like a privilege rather than work.

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