ARTIST PROJECT: The Portrait Series

by Matthew Morrocco*                                    Fil, 2013, Inkjet Print, 24 x 24″


mirror with light bulb_Matthew Morrocco

Attic, 2013, Inkjet Print, 24 x 24″

Mirror_Matthew Morrocco

Mirror, 2013, Inkjet Print, 20 x 24″

Scott_Matthew Morrocco

Scott, 2012, Inkjet Print, 24 x 20″

Shaun and Daniel_Matthew Morrocco

Shaun and Daniel, 2012, Inkjet Print, 24 x 20″

These photographs and self-portraits employ the elongated and elegant poses of history painting in order to link sexuality, aging, and the history of portrait art. In the same way that sexuality does not simply begin at adolescence and end around age 45, neither did homosexuality only become relevant in the 20th century. The men I photograph are not models. I meet them in the grocery store, on the subway, out on the street. I photograph mostly in their homes. This setting lends itself to an important intimacy and personal experience that I capture in my photographs. I meet, spend time with, photograph, and enjoy the company of strangers all in the hopes of elucidating the unique characteristics of homosexual intimacy.

* Matthew Morrocco is a fine art photographer whose work engages heavily with themes of history, aging, sexuality and isolation. After graduating from New York University’s Gallatin School he was awarded a year-long fellowship with a blade of glass. He has shown internationally in New York and Berlin. He is currently pursuing an MFA at Columbia University.