Cyrill Matter

Cyrill Matter was born and raised in Zurich, studied commerce and got a position in an ad agency. On a whim, and out of boredom, he bought a cheap camera. He started taking pictures – and was bitten. Within a year he had left his job; he spent the next 12 months intensively learning the skills of a photographer, working as a photography assistant while reading and watching everything he could get his hands on relating to the topic. After that relatively short time, he decided to strike out on his own and try to make it as a professional photographer. Not long afterwards, sitting in a New York café, he encountered a German creative director – Thomas Hayo – who agreed to view what was then a thin portfolio. The rest is history: with Hayo’s encouragement Matter moved to New York and had been signed by photography agent Marek Milewic. Within four months. Since then he has established himself as a respected photographer, particularly in the fields of portraiture and men’s fashion. 

For Matter, photography ultimately belongs not on a screen but in print. He has enjoyed working for publications like GQ, Vanity Fair USA, L’Uomo Vogue or Das Magazin. This love for a haptic object is also why he decided to produce ‘Chapter One’, so that he and others could review and share his work to date while holding it in their hands – in time, and as his work evolves, chapters two, three etc. will follow. 

Matter’s fashion photography is inspired by the work of icons including Richard Avedon and Helmut Newton, among many others whose work he admires. On editorial fashion shoots, Matter does not want to illustrate a fait accompli or to state the obvious; he often stages dynamic gestures of which we catch just a glimpse, or elaborate scenarios in which the viewer can guess at the narrative unfolding. Working in men’s fashion, Matter can imagine himself within these images, his work an ongoing investigation of men’s different experiences in the world.  

The elaborate setups that are possible in editorial photography are often in stark contrast with Matter’s commissioned portraits. When he meets film stars, musicians, politicians, sportspeople or business leaders he may have only a few minutes to find the image that sums up that person. Often too these are guarded people who try not toa reveal much to photographers and who are surrounded by attendants. Creative decisions have to be taken at lightning speed – from which direction, with what light and how close to come to that person on that day. Because, ultimately, an encounter between two people is taking place; this work requires empathy. 

The book ‘Chapter One’ is a collection of images that communicates Matter’s values as a photographer: carefully crafted shots, the chemistry of each meeting between photographer and subject, his evolving skills and to trust in simplicity, honesty and intuition. Creating an ensemble that speaks for itself.

Editorial
  • 74 Magazine
  • Associated
  • Bolero
  • Creem
  • Das Magazin
  • DEAR
  • ELLE Decor
  • Esquire
  • Essential Homme
  • Frame Book
  • Gentlemen‘s Report
  • GQ France
  • GQ Japan
  • GQ China
  • Hunter Fashion
  • L’Officiel Hommes
  • L'Optimum
  • L‘Uomo Vogue
  • Man of the World
  • Monocle
  • NZZ
  • Red Bulletin
  • Schön!
  • Style
  • Town & Country
  • Vanity Fair US
  • Weltwoche
  • Zeit Magazin
Advertising
  • AMAG
  • Audi
  • Belstaff
  • Bloomingdale‘s
  • Calida
  • Chaumet Paris
  • Dressler
  • Emmentaler
  • Energy Fashion Night 2015
  • Erdgas
  • Ernst & Young
  • Friedmanberlin
  • Hertz
  • IKEA
  • IWC Schaffhausen
  • Jelmoli
  • Joop
  • Kauf
  • Lord & Taylor
  • LelePyp
  • McDonald's
  • Montblanc
  • Motorex
  • Opel
  • Orange
  • Paul Kehl Fashion
  • Pro Juventute
  • PwC PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Santemed
  • Skoda
  • Sony
  • Sound Capital
  • Sunrise
  • Swiss
  • Sympany
  • Villiger
  • yoox.com
  • Zurich Film Festival
  • Zürich Insurance
  • Zürcher Kantonalbank
Celebrities
  • Ana Lily Amirpour
  • Stefan Arndt
  • Bastian Baker
  • Claes Bang
  • Elyas M’Barek
  • Susanne Bier
  • Bligg
  • Detlev Buck
  • Antonino Cardillo
  • Famiglia Cavazza
  • Cro
  • Jamel Debbouze
  • Stefan Diez
  • Roger Federer
  • Jonah Freeman
  • Stephen Fry
  • Ronja Furrer
  • Jean-Paul Gaultier
  • Cesc Gay
  • Genetikk
  • Jan-Ole Gerster
  • Jake Gyllenhaal
  • Félix de Givry
  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt
  • Greg Gorman
  • Cosma Shiva Hagen
  • Lewis Hamilton
  • Luisa Hartema
  • Todd Haynes
  • Thomas Hayo
  • Christoph Maria Herbst
  • Tommy Hilfiger
  • Tom Hopper
  • Ann Hui
  • Jack Huston
  • Andrea Illy
  • Jeremy Irons
  • Max Irons
  • Hugh Jackman
  • Max Karli
  • Karlie Kloss
  • Amanda Lepore
  • Gabriel-Kane Day Lewis
  • Mia Hansen-Løve
  • Justin Lowe
  • Ewan McGregor
  • Liam Neeson
  • Manuel Neuer
  • Dev Patel
  • Pawel Pawlikowski
  • Ido Portal
  • Peter Reichenbach
  • Johan Renck
  • Cory Richards
  • Alice Rohrwacher
  • Daniela Ryf
  • Julian Schnabel
  • Ed Skrein
  • Cory Michael Smith
  • Yann Sommer
  • Oliver Stone
  • Stress
  • Kiefer Sutherland
  • Clovis Taittinger
  • Anatole Taubman
  • Vaults
  • Patrick Wachsberger
  • Christoph Waltz
  • Markus Welter
  • Wim Wenders
  • Shailene Woodley
  • Peter Zumthor