Matthew Cetta

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About

Matthew Cetta

Matthew Cetta owner of Synapse Shots LLC is a photographer and web designer located in the greater New York City area.

Education

2011:Bachelor's of Fine Arts in Photography - School of Visual Arts - New York, New York

Solo Shows

2011:Photogenic Alchemy - School of Visual Arts Gallery
2007:Closter Public Library - Closter New Jersey

Group Shows

2014:7th Annual International Juried Plastic Camera Show - RayKo Photo Center - San Francisco
2014:Krappy Kamera International Juried Competition - Soho Photo Gallery - New York, New York - 2nd Place
2013:The Project Hashtag - The Brooklyn Fireproof - Brooklyn, New York
2012:Transcend Holga 30th Anniversary - Center for Alternative Photography New York, New York - Featured Artist
2012:Toyed With - Open Shutter Gallery - Durango, Colorado - Juror: Cristine So
2012:Small Works Juried Show - Mikhail Zakin Gallery - Demarest, New Jersey
2012:Plastic Fantastic III - Lightbox Photographic - First Place
2012:Krappy Kamera International Juried Competition - Soho Photo Gallery - New York, New York - First Place
2011:Tierney Award Show - School of Visual Arts - New York, New York
2011:Masters on Mainstreet Round 3 - BRIK Gallery - Catskill, New York
2011:Manipulated: Hand Altered Photographs - Castell Gallery - Asheville, North Carolina - Juror: Ariel Shanberg
2011:Small Works Juried Show - Mikhail Zakin Gallery - Demarest, New Jersey
2011:School of Visual Arts Mentor Show - Mentor: Gerald Slota
2011:Celebrating Bergen County's Diversity Exhibition - The Art Center of Northern New Jersey - 2nd Place
2010:Sexuality and the Nude group show - School of Visual Arts Gallery - New York, New York - Curated by Joyce Culver
2010:Small Works Juried Show - Mikhail Zakin Gallery - Demarest, New Jersey
2009:Small Works Juried Show - Mikhail Zakin Gallery - Demarest, New Jersey
2008:Small Works Juried Show - Mikhail Zakin Gallery - Demarest, New Jersey
2007:Small Works Juried Show - Mikhail Zakin Gallery - Demarest, New Jersey
2007:Bergenfield Council for the Arts - Bergenfield, New Jersey - 3rd Place
2007:Celebrating Bergen County Exhibition - The Art Center of Northern New Jersey1st Place
2006:Bergenfield Council for the Arts - Bergenfield, New Jersey - 3rd Place
2006:Biennial Juried Photography Show - Edward Hopper House - Nyack, New York
2006:Small Works Juried Show - Mikhail Zakin Gallery - Demarest, New Jersey - Award of Excellence
2006:Taste of the Arts - Bergenfield Arts Coalition - Bergenfield, New Jersey - 3rd Place
2005:Small Works Juried Show - Mikhail Zakin Gallery - Demarest, New Jersey
2004:Biennial Juried Photography Show - Edward Hopper House - Nyack, New York
2004:Small Works Juried Show - Mikhail Zakin Gallery - Demarest, New Jersey
2003:Small Works Juried Show - Mikhail Zakin Gallery - Demarest, New Jersey

Press

A Study in the Science of Art

Photogenic Alchemy

I started out my career as a photographer wanting to become a retoucher and I was obsessed with perfection.  But perfection is BORING!

The project started out with a modified toy camera.  I had converted a Holga to shoot 35mm film.  I’d take it with me 24/7 and shoot whatever I felt was interesting. At the same time the series started, I was coming out a deep depression.  I was terrified by everything, was agoraphobic, and couldn’t even get out of bed; let alone live in the seemingly bleak world that was out there for me.  So I decided ENOUGH!  Enough of the fear.  Enough of the self loathing.  Enough of the isolation.  I left my self-made prison to explore the world around me. At a quarter century old, I felt like a kid again.  Everything was new and everything was a possibility. I shot this new fascinating world taking street photos and landscapes.

However, the images were still bland to me.  It came to a point where I wanted to explore the medium of film itself.  I embarked on a journey that has led me here. Where is here?  Here is a place full of what ifs.  What if I electrified my film and then froze it afterward?  What if I introduced absinthe to the emulsion?  What if I was to soak the film in Ambien before I shot it?

Photogenic Alchemy is an exercise in controlled chaos and a study in the science of art. By breaking down silver salts and celluloid to it’s elemental form, I’ve created a dark and gritty apocalyptic world.  It is a world that seems to be dissolving right before our eyes.  Toxic and fascinating, each new roll of film left me intrigued.  I couldn’t wait to try the next substance on my ever increasing list.

I hope you enjoy looking at these images as much as I enjoyed making them.

Portraits

Super Heroes

Street

Chic Studios 4-10-2014

Hey hey.  So a few weeks ago I shoot some head shots for the lovely people over at Chic Studios, a New York City based make up school.  Here are a few of my favorite shots from the day. Check out Chic Studios all over the interwebs on their Facebook, Twiter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Becca Anderson

Yo, it’s time for another installment of my 2014 portrait series. Put this in front of your eyeholes, kids! Here is a photo I did of Becca Anderson a playwright based in NYC.  Proud geek and a funny lady, she is currently the writer of Academia Nuts, an upcoming show in NYC.  They need your […]

Bertha Leal

Yo, guys.  So I’ve recently stated new portrait series and I’m finally ready to post a few.  Here are a few shots from a shoot I did with NYC actress Bertha Leal. You  can check out her site at www.berthaleal.com

Multiple Exposures: The Veteran Coalition for the Arts

Hey guys, Time for another Multiple Exposures, a section of my blog reserved for brilliant artists and their work.  Today’s installment is about The Veteran Coalition of the Arts. The School of Visual Arts has a small community of veteran students who attend on scholarship under the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill. The Veteran Coalition of […]

Color Management & Quality Output

The only book you need to learn digital color management.   Dear fans, followers, friends, and family, I’d like to announce that my Digital Color Management professor at the School of Visual Arts Tom P. Ashe (the P. stands for Printing…..not really) has written a book on the subject.  He’s the most knowledgeable person I […]

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