Matthew Thorne was born in 1993 in Adelaide, South Australia. His work combines constructed narrative storytelling and observational documentary, often drawing from the landscape of Australia and its people, to create half-real mythic stories about community, land, spirituality, and work.

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


Recent work includes FIFO (tbc 2024) with Australian Artists Susan Norrie and Emmaline Zanelli, commissioned by the Samstag Museum of Art and Adelaide Film Festival. Marungka Tjalatjunu / Dipped in Black (2022) created with Yankunytjatjara artist Derik Lynch, funded by the Adelaide Film Festival Investment Fund and the South Australian Film Corporation. The Sand That Ate The Sea (2020) a documentation of the remote Opal mining town of Andamooka. GAIB (2019) an essay film about spirituality, death, and the presence of time in life, made with the community of Batu Karas, West Java.

Other work includes photography for Nick Cave and the Badseed’s album Ghosteen (2019), photography on Justin Kurzel’s film True History of The Kelly Gang, Jingo was born in the slum (2019), and photography and additional direction on Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant (2017).

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

Matthew’s work has been exhibited at the Canberra Museum and Gallery, in conjunction with 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), and the Melbourne Centre for Contemporary Photography (2019/20/21/22).

His work has also been selected for the AFF/Samstag Gallery of Art Expand Lab Commission (2022), Adelaide Film Festival (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 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