Information and Biography for Matthew Niederhauser

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Matthew Niederhauser’s involvement with Asia and photography first started in high school with four straight years of Chinese courses and late nights in the darkroom. Greatly inspired by his first language teacher’s own dramatic background during the Cultural Revolution, he became fascinated with China’s expansive history and spent a year living with a host family in Beijing in 2000. Matthew then commenced his studies at Columbia University where he immersed himself in the anthropology department and continued to crisscross Asia. During this period Matthew also began taking classes at the International Center of Photography in New York. After graduating from college, he split time between researching for the National Committee on US-China Relations and assistant teaching at the International Center of Photography before heading back to Beijing to devote himself to documentary projects and other creative outlets.

Depending on the day, Matthew is an artist, photojournalist, or cinematographer. Nomenclature remains a shifty entity where he lives in China. He is open to collaborations and also fancies himself an adept writer with an eye for the absurd. Matthew’s photography covering youth culture and urban development in China has appeared in The New Yorker, National Geographic, Guardian Observer, The New York Times Magazine, Le Monde, Foreign Policy, and Time Magazine amongst many others. His first monograph Sound Kapital delved into Beijing’s underground music scene through portraiture and concert photography. Matthew now concentrates on two projects entitled Visions of Modernity and Counterfeit Paradises that investigate megablock urban development and emerging consumer trends across China. These are his main outlets for exploring the rapid socioeconomic changes in the Middle Kingdom. More importantly, Matthew is not always so bizarrely situated as shown and finds writing about himself in the third-person more than disconcerting.


Matthew can be reached here with any questions, concerns or work inquiries.

Matthew is represented by the INSTITUTE for Artist Management.


Solo Shows:

2012 – Fahey/Klein – Los Angeles – Visions of Modernity

2010 – powerHouse Arena – New York – Sound Kapital: Beijing’s Music Underground

2010 – Proud Galleries – London – Sound Kapital: Beijing’s Music Underground

2010 – Govinda Gallery – Washington – Sound Kapital: Beijing’s Music Underground


Group Shows:

2013 – National Portrait Gallery – London – “Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize”

2012 – LDDC – Beijing – “Mass Metamorphosis”

2011 – ME Contemporary – Copenhagen – “Grand Opening 2.0″

2011 – Noorderlicht Fotofestival – Groningen – “Metropolis: City Life in the Urban Age”

2009 – Noorderlicht Forofestival – Groningen – “The Pursuit of Happiness”


Selected Awards and Talks:

2012 – Sound Kapital Night – Carriageworks – Sydney – Sound Kapital

2011 – Audio/Visual – New York Photo Festival – New York – Sound Kapital

2011 – Royal Asiatic Society Speaker – Shanghai – Counterfeit Paradises

2010 – This Is Beijing Speaker – China Academy of Fine Arts – Beijing – Visions of Modernity

2010 – Caochangdi Photo Spring: Arles in Beijing – Beijing – Sound Kapital

2010 – PDN Photo Annual Finalist – Personal Project Category – Tuanjiehu: An Urban Oasis

2010 – China Stories Speaker – UCCA – Beijing – Visions of Modernity

2009 – Fotoweek Speaker – Corcoran Gallery of Art – Washington – Visions of Modernity

2009 – Px3 – Honorable Mention – Sound Kapital

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