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.
Matthew Albanese, born 1983, Englewood, New Jersey, earned his BFA in Photography from Purchase College. His work has 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.
David Revere McFadden is Chief Curator and Vice President for Programs and Collections at the Museum of Arts & Design in New York City. He served as Curator of Decorative Arts and Assistant Director for Collections and Research at Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution from 1978 to 1995. McFadden has organized more than 120 exhibitions on decorative arts, design, and craft, covering developments from the ancient world to the present day, has published more than 100 catalogues, essays, articles, and reviews, and has received the Presidential Design Award three times. McFadden featured Matthew Albanese’s work in his 2011 exhibition and catalogue, Otherworldy: Optical Delusions and Small Realities.
Tests by Matthew Albanese
Essay by David Revere McFadden
Book design by Pitis
22.5 × 28 cm (9 × 11”)
105 color plates
In the Press
“He loved miniatures and created scenarios intricately set with household objects”Nolomagazine.com
“Photographer Matthew Albanese creates sweet likelife landscapes. (...) The results are staggeringly beautiful.”beautifulisnow.is
“Matthew's attention to detail is so remarkable”Dailyrecord.co.uk
“A taste of paradise!”Dailymail.co.uk
“Like an alchemist of the 21st century, Matthew Albanese creates small, magnificent worlds ”Fantomeditions
“Magical Miniature Worlds by Matthew Albanese”Amusingplanet.com
“Matthew Albanese has been inventing tiny, mesmerizing worlds for years now”Gizmodo.com
“Extreme Weather Art By Matthew Albanese Is So Real, You Won't Believe It's Staged”Huffingtonpost.com
“Artist creates amazing, deceptive landscape images”Yahoo.com
“Can you guess what it’s made of?”Takingbeautifulstuff.com
“The artificial strange worlds (Italian)”Frizzifrizzi
“Dreamscapes: illusorial landscapes”elle.it
“Experience Mother Nature, in miniature!”Treehugger.com/
“More real than real”Il Giornale dell'Arte
“Diorama or reality?”Wu Magazine
“Lie is more attractive than reality”Michele Smargiassi – La Repubblica
“Extreme weather photography at its finest.”Huffingtonpost.com
“The allure of false”National Geographic