Matt Thompson

Photograph of Matt Thompson, alumni of Graduate Diploma Photography at London College of Communication. Matt is standing on a cobbled street, looking at the camera, wearing a grey t-shirt and a pair of sunglasses.
Image © Matt Thompson

Matt Thompson studied on the Graduate Diploma Photography, previously known as the Postgraduate Diploma Photography Portfolio Development course. He graduated from London College of Communication in 2010.

What are your fondest memories of LCC?

Fellow students, their vibrancy and creativity.

If you could collaborate creatively with anybody in the world who would it be?

I’d happily photograph Lupita Nyong'o every day of the week.

Could you talk a little about your approach to photography?

I’m interested in documenting the human condition, mood, feeling and emotion with a stylistic edge. I’m still working towards a style that I'm happy with.

Could you tell us a little about Helen’s Story?

Helen’s Story is a project documenting the life of my former girlfriend Helen, who is living with epilepsy. To tell her story, a series of photographic portraits are accompanied by extracts from Helen’s personal diary. The objective of the project is to raise awareness about epilepsy, and the very personal human nature of the project has meant people have really engaged with it.

The Observer New Review ran it as a cover story in March and we're now looking at our options for exhibiting. We hope to reach as many people with the story as we can.

You can read & download the book for free from my website.

Tell us about your future plans and ambitions:

Being paid to be creative and to be producing meaningful work is the ultimate goal for me. You have to be realistic though - this takes time. Most of my really creative work is funded by slightly less glamorous work, but I’ll get there!

What three words would you use to best describe LCC?

Creative, collaborative and class

What piece of advice would you give to new students?

Rinse that student card for all its worth. London is expensive.

Where in London do you go when you need a little inspiration?

National Portrait Gallery, National Gallery, V&A


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