Matthew Swarts

Untitled, 2005 Matthew Swarts has a lot of intriguing and really diverse work on his website. He has done some fairly straightforward series on children with cancer and people with developmental disabilities, but in his recent work he seems more interested in exploring the limits of photography and its changing borders as a result of the internet. He spends "an inordinate amount of time collecting strange images from the web" and combining photographs with informational graphics to get results like the image above. I liked his aesthetic which goes against the grain of the cold, objective, high precision imagery that is so common these days. These images are sometimes hard to find a way into, but I found their complexity intriguing.