Matthew Albanese

Born in 1983 in Englewood, New Jersey, he received his Bachelor’s degree in photography from the State University of New York, Purchase. Photography has always been his primary occupation, beginning with commercial and fashion photography and ending with his personal work. His photographs have been exhibited at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, Winkleman Gallery, Museum of Arts and Design, NY, Muba, Tourcoing France. He is represented by Bonni Benrubi Gallery in New York. Strange Worlds is his first book.

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      There is more than what meets the eye in Matthew Albanese’s captivating photographs. From an erupting volcano to a sweeping tornado to the landing on the moon, nothing is quite what it appears to be. Welcome to the extra-ordinary world of Matthew Albanese, where glaciers are not made of ice but of sugar, salt, egg whites, food coloring, flour and light.

      Albanese meticulously fabricates and then photographs small-scale models of complex panoramic vistas, such as wind-blown willows on stormy rivers and raging forest fires, using humble materials including cotton batting, boiled sugar candy, sand, and feathers. By masterly manipulating the scale, depth of field, balance and lighting, he alters the appearance of the materials to create dramatic and emotionally evocative landscapes. This beautifully designed book brings together for the first time all the photographs in the Strange World series, including a new work made especially for the publication. The book features an engaging essay by David Revere McFadden, behind-the-scenes images of the miniature worlds, and insightful text by the artist on the process of his work.

      Tests by Matthew Albanese
      Essay by David Revere McFadden
      Book design Pitis

      22.5 × 28 cm (9 × 11”)
      96 pages
      105 color plates
      Hardcover
      English
      Isbn 978-88-98030-03-3