Date: Monday, September 16, 2013
The collection of work by official photographer of the Newport International Polo Series, Matthew J. Atanian has opened in the Dzian Gallery at the Natick Collections Mall in Natick, MA after a successful launch in Newport at the Egg & Dart Gallery, where the opening reception drew a large turnout of over 200 attendees, and raised awareness for Young-Onset Parkinson’s disease, a matter close to Atanian who was diagnosed with the disease in 2011.
Shown are a series of large format limited edition photographs as well as a collection of smaller prints, note cards and posters, made possible by the generous support of Crescent Mattboards, True Vue Museum Glass, Blick Art Materials, Framed in Tatnuck Custom Framing Solutions, LEXAR Digital Memory Solutions, Larson Juhl Custom Mouldings, Tenba Custom Cases, X Rite Color Management Tools, Ilford Presstige Fiber Papers, LaCie Digital Storage and Digital Silver Imaging.
The "Sport of Kings" collection is available online at gallery.mjaphoto.com as well as on display at the Dzian Gallery located at the Natick Collections, 1245 Worcester St. Natick, Ma. 01760, www.dzian.net, 508-655-6522.
Working as a photographer since 1988, Atanian is known for his spontaneous lifestyle approach to photography with a cinematic edge. An athlete with a love for sport, Atanian ‘s body of work has focused on some of the most eclectic and visually engaging sporting events including the Men’s and Women’s Pro Tennis Tours, The World Cup and professional ski racing circuits, equestrian events and the hugely challenging yacht racing world.
Traveling to South Miami Beach in the 1990's to cover sports, Atanian was enticed with the new challenge of shooting fashion and beauty. After receiving a contract with Marie Claire, Matthew moved to New York and to Paris to further his scope of work which has since appeared editorially in over 70 worldwide publications including Sports Illustrated, Outside Magazine, Elle, Mirabella, Marie Claire, Surface, People, Time and Newsweek. Atanian has won numerous awards including a Graphis Award and his work is part of the J. Walter Thompson permanent collection.
Having been diagnosed with Young-Onset Parkinson’s disease, Atanian decided to use his career in photography to raise awareness of the limitations of young patients as well as what they have been able to overcome. “I began to notice that my symptoms would dissipate while working. Whether hanging from a helicopter or on a boat shooting the Americas Cup my symptoms would lessen,” says Atanian. “I've received several explanations for this. The basis of which is that I'm using a different part of my brain, a part of the brain that wasn’t afflicted with Parkinson's. So my photography remains unimpaired… that's my way of helping …creatively”.