Matthew Thorne was born in 1993 in Adelaide, South Australia. His work combines constructed narrative and observational documentary, often drawing from the landscape of Australia, its people, and their stories.

Matthew currently lives and works between Athens, Berlin, and Australia.


Recent work includes Marungka Tjalatjunu (2022) created with Yankunytjatjara artist Derik Lynch. The film received the Silver Bear Jury Prize short film and Teddy Queer Film Award at the 73rd Berlinale (Berlin International Film Festival).

The Sand That Ate The Sea (2020) a short film about the remote Opal mining town of Andamooka.

GAIB (2019) a short documentary essay film about spirituality and death, made with the community of Batu Karas, West Java.

Other works include photography for Danny and Michael Philippou's Talk To Me (2022), Nick Cave and the Badseed’s album Ghosteen (2019), photography on Justin Kurzel’s film True History of The Kelly Gang (2019), photography and additional direction on Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant (2017), and title sequence direction for Glendyn Ivin's Gallipoli (2015).

Matthew has published two books; Jingo was born in the slum (2021) and For My Father (2018). His photos also accompany the Spanish language translation of Kenneth Cook’s iconic Australian novel Wake In Fright (2021) by Sajalín editores.


Matthew’s work has been exhibited and/or is in collection at the Canberra Museum and Gallery alongside their Sidney Nolan collection (2022), National Portrait Gallery of Australia (2021), National Portrait Gallery London (2020), National Museum of Australia (2020), Art Gallery of South Australia (2020), Perth Centre for Photography (2019), Australian National Library (2019), and the Melbourne Centre for Contemporary Photography (2019/20/21/22).

His work has been selected for the Berlin International Film Festival / Berlinale (2023), Adelaide Film Festival & Samstag Gallery of Art Commission (2022), Australian Directors Guild Awards (2021), Australian National Portrait Prize (2021), Perth International Film Festival (2020), and the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize, UK (2020).

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2022 Jingo was born in the slum / With the Sidney Nolan Foundation collection / Canberra Museum and Gallery, Canberra
  • 2019 The Sand That Ate The Sea / Sun Studios, Sydney
  • 2019 Gaib / Tinning Street Presents, Melbourne
  • 2019 The Sand That Ate The Sea / 222 Rosslyn Gallery, Melbourne
  • 2017 For My Father / m2 Gallery, Sydney

Group Exhibitions

  • 2022 Australian Life / Hyde Park, Sydney
  • 2022 Timeless / The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre, University of South Australia
  • 2022 Salon / Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne
  • 2021 Living Memory: National Portrait Prize / National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
  • 2021 A New Beginning / Photographic Museum of Humanity, Binario Centrale, Bologna
  • 2021 Salon / Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne
  • 2020 Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize / National Portrait Gallery, London
  • 2020 Love In The Time of COVID19 / Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
  • 2019 Click / Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne
  • 2019 Clip / Centre for Photography, Perth
  • 2019 Queer Kulture / KAKE, Berlin
  • 2018 Salon / Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne


  • 2021 Jingo Was Born in the Slum / Jane & Jeremy (UK)
  • 2020 Stories Journal / Australian Photography Awards
  • 2019 The Sand That Ate The Sea, Album / Luke Howard (Mercury KX / Universal Music)
  • 2019 Issue 11 / Unvael Journal
  • 2018 For My Father / Palm* (UK) / ISBN: 978-0-9934450-4-0