Born in Coshocton, OH, Matt Gold is based in Brooklyn, NY, where he divides his time between music and photography. As evidence of the democratizing nature of his approach to photography, Gold has no formal training in the visual arts. His first image, a picture of his cat on a Sony Ericsson Z310A flip phone, was taken in 2008, and he has continued to explore the aesthetic possibilities of that instrument, resisting the updated phones and apps available and revealing a contemporary nostalgia that encompasses the prolific imagery of our visual culture. Gold’s work has been featured in numerous publications and journals. Twitter: @mattgoldmusic
"The photographs in PHONOGRAPHY were all taken on a Sony Ericsson Z310A flip phone camera, and none have been altered or adjusted; there has been no retouching. By utilizing this very streamlined approach, and limiting the equipment involved to the single, widely-available instrument, these images reflect the universalizing abilities of a technology most people have stowed away in their pocket.
At a cultural crossroads in which technology is augmenting everyone’s daily life, and at a moment where great focus is placed on technology’s role in art, this collection of photographs suggests the rapidity of nostalgia in the ways in which we capture imagery. This collection highlights how a pervasive technology can serve to democratize the fine art photograph, and exceed its own limitations on the technological shelf life. Technology facilitates creative exploration, empowers users to experiment, and enables them to re-envision familiar images and scenes, and interrogates the “new” and advanced in these efforts. It is that transformative power that is the primary focus of the work in PHONOGRAPHY, coalescing past and present technologies in open-ended, limitless experimentation rather than the endgame of currency often implied in a technologically progressive medium."