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Matt Connors


I grew up in Burlingame, California and went to Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, graduating in 1974 with a degree in Theater Arts, specializing in lighting design. It was while living in New York City after graduation that I first picked up a camera, learning how to develop film at home and make prints in the darkroom. I eventually left the theater, then left New York to return to California in the early 80’s, landing a job as a software programmer, a career in which I stayed for the rest of my professional life, working as a programmer, designer, manager, and software architect. Along the way, photography took a back burner, other than the usual vacation and special event snapshots. Even then I never quite let go of the desire to pursue photography. When I retired in 2014, I dived back into it, finding in photography an outlet for my need to create. 


My photography is driven by my love of the beauty that surrounds us. I agree with what Robert Adams said in his wonderful essay "Beauty in Photography" - "successful art rediscovers Beauty for us". I am also inspired by the Minor White quote “one should not only photograph things for what they are but for what else they are”. I hope that my photos will encourage the viewer to step past the immediate moment and sense something more universal.


My work has been shown at the Center for Photographic Art and the Carl Cherry Center in Carmel, CA, the Monterey Arts Council in Monterey, CA, the Amblewood Gallery in Chattahoochee Hills, GA, the Cultural Center of Cape Cod in South Yarmouth, MA, the LA Artcore in Los Angeles, the Redwood Shores Library in Redwood Shores, CA, and the Emerald Art Center in Springfield, OR. It has also appeared on the West Coast Focus TV show in Monterey, CA.


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