With his commitment to documenting the tireless efforts of musicians in venues both large and small, Matt Walter has emerged as one of Australia’s most sought-after music photographers.
With work published by TIME, VICE Magazine, Huffington Post and more, Walter’s diversity has earned him an impressive client list. Walter is trusted with the tour photography for Violent Soho, Dune Rats, Clowns, Skegss, Ceres, Camp Cope and more. Crowbar Brisbane also was the first venue to bring Walter in as the resident photographer where he created the wildly popular Crowbar Couch photo series.
Whether he’s riding high on Damian Abraham of Fucked Up’s shoulders or laying down in a surging circle pit during a Violent Soho show, Matt Walter’s commitment to capturing the raw energy of a show is second-to-none.
In 2017, Matt Walter held his first solo exhibition at Crowbar Brisbane, called ‘No Pits, Just Pits’. The exhibition showcased music photography from venues that did not have a dedicated photography pit, just an open mosh pit. The exhibition featured intimate photography of Violent Soho, Clowns, Title Fight and more.
In 2018, Matt Walter launched the Filter photography podcast . The photography podcast helps emerging photographers cut through the nonsense by sending in questions to be answered on each episode. The photography podcast also hosts interviews with relevant people in order to give differing perspectives of hot topics within the industry.
“I often see artists I look up to speak of chasing simplicity – as if it’s something attainable. Technology will look after what’s complex, so let’s look after what’s simple. We all lose the eye we had when we were young. Things didn’t matter beyond their surface value, but at the same time, you recognised that there is something greater there. That’s the simplicity that I think is hard to capture. I try to expose that instance.”
“You might have heard of me going by the name Matt Warrell, before I changed it to Matt Walter. Same photographer, different name. I’ve also worked with a wide variety of international and local bands, Australian media entities, government bodies, companies from a range of industries and more. I’ve had work published with the ABC, VICE, Courier Mail, Brisbane Times, News.com.au and more. If you are looking for a photographer that is committed to fulfilling the brief without compromising their style, I’m the photographer for you. Otherwise, I’m happy to recommend a peer that I think would be perfect for your project.”
“Photography is an art form, and like my peers, I’m just a photographer trying to make something great. Because of the effort I go to, I can’t give away my photos to you or your business or do work for promotion. I care about my work too much, just like you care about your business or initiative. It’s important to me that you feel like an equal creative entity in the work we do. Everything I work on and everyone I work with cannot be creatively quantified.”
“A single idea is what we’re chasing – the execution is always done best when we work together.”