Matt Eich, a Norfolk, Virginia based photographer, has been included in the 2010 list of "30 New and Emerging Photographers to Watch" by PDN (Photo District News).
Matt studied photojournalism at Ohio University and now works as a freelance photographer. In 2009 he won the Pictures of the Year International (POYI) Community Awareness Award and the Magenta Foundation's Bright Spark Award. He was also a finalist for the W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography. Already in 2010 he has been awarded the Juried Fellowship at the Houston Center For Photography,
Matt's work is congruent with many Southern concerns. He says his work is "rooted in memory, both personal and collective." He believes that stories are the fabric of history and that they have the power to inform and transform. Also, his current documentary project deals with the communities of alligator people in Louisiana. Can't get more Southern than that.
I've mentioned Matt before on this blog as a member of the Luceo Images group of photographers, most of whom are Southerners. Their blog is a good place to keep up with work by all these guys.
Congratulations to Matt, truly a Southern Photographer to Watch Out For.