Katie Blair Matthews (b. 1994) is a freelance photographer based in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Having been surrounded by art and design as a child, my interest in photography has always been about how I can produce work which is highly creative, visually impactful and technically challenging. From constructing and lighting life-size interior sets, to photographing delicate tree saplings in a wooden hut in the heart of the Highlands, I have continuously developed skills which enable me to photograph in completely different environments with the most carefully selected equipment.
Themes concerning history and the environment have played a prominent role in my personal photographic practice. My current photographic project and research focuses on the history of Scotland’s landscape and human involvement with the regeneration and preservation of nature.
I have also carried out commissions throughout the UK and continue to deliver high quality work which helps businesses stand out from their competitors. I work closely with my clients and encourage a collaborative approach where necessary so that I can tailor my services specifically for you. It is my passion for what I do, my professionalism and my attention to detail that has allowed me to maintain long lasting business relationships.
I also run a wedding photography business; you can find my other photography website at KatieBMWeddings
2015 Media Medicum Gallery 17 Edinburgh, UK
2015 Egalitarian Frames; Edinburgh World Justice Festival, Whitespace Gallery Edinburgh, UK
2016 Edinburgh Napier University Degree Show Edinburgh, UK
2016 Free Range Shows, Napier Photo Collective, The Old Truman Brewery London, UK
2016 Joint show Nanyang TU, DECK, Singapore
2016 Preserve, part of the Edinburgh World Justice Festival, Ocean Terminal
2016 Dualism; Mind & Matter, Hong Kong Design Institute, China
2017 Fife Fotospace, Glenrothes, UK
2017 Emerging Talent Exhibition, Retina Photography Festival
2017 Fòcas India Shortlist, Ann Lanntair Arts Centre, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis
2015 Winner of Creative Edinburgh Collaboration Award for 'Resilience Project'
2016 Winner of Calumet UK Photographic Award for 'Outstanding Achievement'
2017 Shortlisted for Fòcas India 2017-2018
2017 The John Byrne Award, November
2017 Outlandia Artist Residency, Glen Nevis, Lochaber Scotland
2018 The Bothy Project, Sweeney’s Bothy, Isle of Eigg, Inner Hebrides
2018 Notes; Letters to Photography No. 4, Propagation Series
2012-16 Edinburgh Napier University, Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours in Photography
2017 Research Assistant to photo historian & curator, Alexander Supartono; Edinburgh Napier University
2017 Photographer's Assistant
2018-19 Digitisation Archivist, Morton Photography Collection, National Trust for Scotland
2019 BA Honours Photography Teaching Assistant, Edinburgh Napier University