Photographic Alphabet: K is for Matthew Kraus
By Emily Davis
Matthew Kraus knows photography from all perspectives. A distinguished street photographer while working as the Vice President and Senior Art Director at Shahid & Company, Kraus displays intellect and a distinct perspective in the art form.
Kraus’s black and white street photography rides the fine line between ethereal and realistic. Though some artists are unable to capture the authenticity of the city they are photographing, Kraus uses sharp contrast and available light to magnify patterns that the city forms, many of which go unnoticed by the average pedestrian.
He explains, “capturing the moments that never have and never will happen again” as inspiration behind his photography.
Kraus seeks the ‘decisive moment’, that moment is singularly unique in its everyday repetition and unrecognizable in its importance. This gives the viewer a serendipitous feeling when looking at his work. When will this person be walking past this store front, at this time, on this day, again? Well his documentation of this small moment extends its life far past a split second.
You can see more of Matthew Kraus’s photographic work (including his first self-published zine, PHOTOGRAPHS, VOLUME 1) on his website, www.matthewkrausphotography.com.