Matilda Temperly, born in Somerset, England in 1981, studied tropical infectious diseases before moving into photography and fashion. She is known for her stylised portraiture of marginalised societies. At times confrontational, her work is an empathetic nod to the self-expression of her subjects and commands the immediate attention of the viewer. “I have always admired the bravery of the mavericks who are comfortable to sit outside society’s norms” Matilda is based in London and divides her time between commissions and her personal work. She is currently working on a book ‘ The Human Zoo’ which is a celebration of physicality and references human zoos throughout history, from the ethnographic displays of the 1500s to modern-day freak shows. Her images are a tribute to the beauty and grace of the people of the Valley. They capture a time when tribal fashions such as lip plates and scarification are being supplanted by global fashions such as baseball caps, football shirts and, more sinisterly, the bearing of Kalashnikovs and the Chinese-made guns that flood all East Africa’s’ borders.
The cultural heritage appears fragile, threatened by the world encroaching upon the territory but the people, with their inherent capacity for transition, take incoming influences and fashion them into their own estimations.
Matilda is based in London and divides her time between fashion work and her personal gallery work. This year Matilda was a finalist for the SONY World Photo Awards for her African work. She was also a finalist in the CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the year awards for her work on the Somerset floods. Matilda's first book 'Under The Surface - Somerset Floods' was published in 2014.