Matthew Thorne was born in 1993 in Adelaide, South Australia.

Matthew’s work draws from the landscape of Australia and focuses on people, their relationship to their community, their land, their mysticism, and their rituals and work.

Matthew is currently living and working between Berlin, Germany & Australia.


Recent work includes film and photographic projects Marungka Tjalantananyi / Dipped in Black (2022), The Sand That Ate The Sea (2020), and GAIB (2019). Photography for Nick Cave and the Badseed’s album Ghosteen (2019), photography on Justin Kurzel’s film True History of The Kelly Gang (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). His photos also accompany the Spanish language translation of Kenneth Cook’s iconic Australian novel Wake In Fright.

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

His films and photography have been selected and/or awarded at the Australian Directors Guild Awards, Perth International Film Festival, Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize (UK), Australian National Portrait Prize, Australian Photography Awards, and the Young Director Award, Cannes Lions (France).

Solo Exhibitions

  • 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 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