Matt Eich explores the psychology of place. His subject is the American Condition. He has been examining this on both a macro and micro scale. He travels, and he photographs his own family. Whomever is on the other side of the lens, Eich's connections are intimate: they are deep and palpable, unsettling but beautiful. To see this work is to become implicated in its story. His are the stories of all of us.
Four volumes fall under an overarching body of work The Invisible Yoke; they include Carry Me Ohio, Sin & Salvation in Baptist Town, The Seven Cities, and We, the Free. These projects are the result of extended studies. Each of these chapters are committed to publication with Swiss publisher Sturm & Drang.
I Love You, I’m Leaving is a meditation on familial bonds, longing, and memory. The series borrows from personal experience and the visual language of the everyday. It creates a fictional account that mirrors reality. Eich made this work during a time of personal domestic unease; he photographed as his parents separated, and his family moved to a new city.
Carry Me Ohio
Sin & Salvation in Baptist Town
I love you, I'm leaving
Matt Eich (b. 1986) holds an MFA in Photography from Hartford Art School’s International Program, and a BS from Ohio University. The internationally recognized photographer accepts commissions to support his personal work and young family; some projects have become impetus that seed deeper views and longer studies, including Carry Me Ohio and Sin and Salvation in Baptist Town. When Eich hones in on a project, he dedicates years to it, returning again and again to the communities he documents until he becomes part of them himself. He has received grant support from such notable sources as The Alexia Foundation, the Aaron Siskind Foundation, NPPA, National Geographic Magazine, and two Getty Images Grants. His work is in the permanent collections of The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, The Portland Art Museum, Light Work, and the The New York Public Library, among others.