Matthew Allred's interest in photography began with a simple science project: building a pinhole camera out of an oatmeal container. “Since then I was hooked. Seeing an image form in the developer after just pulling it straight out of an oatmeal box is unreal. I haven't ever gotten tired of it.”

He received a BFA from Boise State University in 2006 and a MFA from the University of Utah in 2008 both with emphasis in photography. Matthew currently teaches photography for the University of Utah.

His most recent body of work, entitled Heliography, is a unique photographic process designed to capture exposures ranging from a day to half a year. He uses hand made cameras of his own design and chemistry he specifically formulates for the task. Allred states,“Designing a camera that can stay put and not deteriorate through the adversity of weather is more complicated then you think. It may use a simple hole for a lens, but I can tell you from personal experience, it's a gamble that anything turns out at all.” Allred's work has been shown nationally in several solo exhibitions.

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