New York City, 2004/2004

New York City, 2004

Tokyo, 2006/2010

Tokyo, 2006, 2010

Nagasaki, 2006/2009

Nagasaki, 2006, 2009

Beirut, 2007/2008

Beirut, 2007, 2008

Nagoya, 2006

Nagoya, 2006

Hong Kong, 2004/2004

Hong Kong, 2004

Tokyo, 2006

Tokyo, 2006

Kyoto, 2006/2007

Kyoto, 2006, 2007

Damascus, 2007/2010

Damascus, 2007, 2010

Beijing, 2008

Beijing, 2008

Berlin, 2005/2008

Berlin, 2005, 2008

Beijing, 2008/2008

Beijing, 2008

Berlin, 2005/2006

Berlin, 2005, 2006

Damascus, 2007/2008

Damascus, 2007, 2008

New York City, 2004/2004

New York City, 2004

Beijing, 2008

Beijing, 2008

Hong Kong, 2004/2004

Hong Kong, 2004

Los Angeles, 2004/2004

Los Angeles, 2004

Beijing, 2003/2009

Beijing, 2003, 2009

Beirut, 2007/2008

Beirut, 2007, 2008

Aleppo, 2007

Aleppo, 2007

Beijing, 2008/2009

Beijing, 2008, 2009

Berlin, 2005/2005

Berlin, 2005

THE TENUOUS REPUBLIC
Matthew Connors presents apparently straightforward narratives of people moving through public spaces. Yet hidden in the work are questions: What is the dynamic of a city? And how can photography reveal this? The cities in his work are real places – Hong Kong, New York, Reykjavik – with real inhabitants, but his photographs depict fictional encounters in anonymous post-industrial cityscapes. He digitally assembles images from many photographs taken at a single location, merging small incidents and details that occur over a period of time. Through this process, the photographs become Connors’ dramatization of missed interactions in a city. By seamlessly collaging a collection of moments into a single image, he challenges the idea that the temporal and spatial are inseparable. As in all good drama, the result is a waking dream, a believable conceit. The factual assumptions inherent in photography are called into question, as he softens the boundary between the probable and improbable.

– Charlotte Cotton