Matt Gatton

Matt Gatton portrait

Matt Gatton, founder of Paleo-camera, was born in Europe, raised in North America, and performed his graduate studies in Asia. He specializes in the aesthetic and ritual use of light in prehistory and antiquity, with particular emphasis on the phenomenon of the camera obscura, an optical principle as old as light itself. Gatton holds a B.A. cum laude from the University of Louisville and an M.F.A. from the University of the Philippines. He has held adjunct lecturer positions at the University of Louisville and De La Salle University, and has worked as an artist-in-residence for the Kentucky Arts Council at the Portland Museum, and with St. Francis School in Louisville, USA. His papers on the extreme antiquity of the camera obscura have been delivered at the Institute of Archaeology at Oxford University, UK; University of Cologne, Germany; Museum of Paleontology at the University of Calabria, Italy; University of Lisbon, Portugal; Slovak University, Slovak Republic; Poznan School of Humanities and Journalism, Poland; Vanderbilt University, USA; University of Louisville, USA; and the Speed Art Museum, USA.

Matt Gatton in subterranean chamber (photo credit: Madison Cawein).