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Katherine Oktober Matthews (b. 1980, USA) is an artist and author based in The Netherlands. Her project When I Think of Texas won first place in the GRID photofestival / Blurb Talent Award 2012, her self-published book I Love Animals (2017) was shortlisted for the Arles Photobook Award and selected for the Athens Photo Festival book exhibition. Her book Elsewhere, a photo | personal essay, is forthcoming.

In addition to her own creative practice, she is an authority in the international photography art world as an editor, journalist, and critic, most notably in her former role as Chief Editor of GUP Magazine. She is the author of Unique: Making Photographs in the Age of Ubiquity (2018), editor of the limited series Milk art journal, and a freelance mentor and consultant to working artists and creative entrepreneurs. She was described by journalist Manami Okazaki as being among “the most iconic ‘toy camera’/ cult photographers” and by Life Framer as “a passionate thinker, and an advocate and champion for the photographic arts.”

With a university degree in psychology and a work background in IT and the arts, she now works at the confluence of technology, psychology and expression. In 2017, she founded Riding the Dragon, an online platform dedicated to consolations on the challenge of creation, and in 2018, she launched the independent publishing imprint House of Oktober as well as Useful., an online platform of activities to explore meaning and fulfillment in the new world of automation and post-work. She aims to leave the world more beautiful, intelligent, and compassionate than how she found it.

Her text and images have been published in numerous books (including Toy Tokyo, Amsterdam… The Essence, NEW Dutch Photography 2012), journals (Mensa World Journal, Contact Sheet, VLAK, Analog Journal, KNiK), print magazines/newspapers (AmsterDO, TimeOut Amsterdam) and online platforms (Libération, Slate, John Adams Institute, New Dawn, TEDxAmsterdam, Versal Blog).

Interviews, articles and lectures

Resources about Katherine Oktober Matthews

Between Realities: A Lecture at the Fachhochschule Dortmund

 I gave a lecture at the Fochhochschule Dortmund University of Applied Sciences and Arts…

Interview with Katherine Oktober Matthews on Life Framer (Open Call)

“In the end, I think we’re all looking for ways to mainline existence, to achieve a more direct way of tapping into ourselves, other people and our environments. That desire is replete with risks, but let’s not kid ourselves, life is a bloodsport.”
—Katherine Oktober Matthews (Life Framer, 2016)

Respect the Medium

Firestarters has posted a short interview with me, about the upcoming portfolio review GUP has…

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