Matt Johnston is a freelance photographer, educator and researcher based in London and the Midlands. He has worked for a variety of clients including Channel 4, Castle Media and the Institute for Sustainability. A selection of his work is represented by Getty Images.

As well as his key involvement in the development and delivery of the highly successful Open Undergraduate classes ; #picbod and #phonar. Recently Matt has gone on to set up and run the Photo Book Club, a space to promote and engage in discussions around the photobook as a medium of communication.


Fulford, J. (2014) The Photographer’s Playbook: 307 Assignments and Ideas. New York, NY: Aperture (contributor)

Johnston, M (2014) The 21st Century Photobook: The Importance of Touch, Process and Dissemination Presented at 'Self Publish Riga', Latvia, May 11.

Johnston, M (2014) Open Pedagogy and Engaging With Creative Industries Keynote presentation at UWE Bristol, Teaching and Learning Conference. Video available here.

Johnston, M. (2014) 'The Photobook Club and Generative Pedagogy'. Hybrid Pedagogy Journal. Available online here.

Johnston, M. (2013) The Photobook Club: A Networked Narrative, presented at the ELIA Teaching Academy, Utrecht.">Video available here.

Johnston, M. (2013) Online/Offline; How digital media facilitates and encourages the generative experience.">Podcast available here.

Johnston, M. (2012) A Brief history of the Photobook Club, presented at the Open Education conference, Vancouver, BC. Video available here.

Johnston, M. (2011) The future of photobooks. London Design Festival, London. Video available here.


Borge, M. (2014) Photography 4.0 (interview)

House, J. (2014) The Shot I Never Forgot (group show at Brighton Photo Fringe)

Pearce, N and Johnston, M (ed) (2014) Midwest Dirt. Published by Same Coin Press. More information available here.

Johnston, M. (2013) Dr Strangepub or; how I learned to stop worrying and love the possibilities of 21 century publishing. Available from

Carson, M. Lederman, R. Yatskevich, O. (2013) 10 x 10 American Photobooks (Contributor). More information here.

Porlan, P., Hallard, E et al (2013) Le Photobook Fest, held over 3 days in Paris, November 2013. More information.

Johnston, M (2013) Fifteen Ruscha Readers and a Pint of Bitter (Please). Available to download via iBooks here.

Johnston, M., and Schles, K. (2012) Invisible City; A Digital Resource. Available from

Johnston, M. (2009) West Texas. Held 01-31 Oct 2009 at Rhubarb and Custard, Eton, UK

Johnston, M. (2009) Vista West Parkway from West Texas Held 2009 at the Assistants' Exhibition, Drummond Street Gallery, London.

Johnston, M. (2009) Wild Things Documentary. Channel 4. Photographer and Production Assistant

Johnston, M. (2008) Familiar Places Held 2008 at the Phoenix Media Festival, Coventry.


An interview with Matt Johnston and Kate Osba (This is the What)

An interview with Matt Johnston and the Art Book on the future of photobooks

5 Questions with Matt Johnston ('The Digital Photobook')


'The War is Over?' A condensed essay on Jeff Brouws' and Paul Shambroom's recent work (The Shpilman Institute of Photography)

'The research lab in your pocket: apps and the academy' featuring comment from Matt Johnston on the open classes at Coventry University

'Recent Genealogy of the Photobook' Some thoughts on digital publishing and an introduction to Ken Schles' 'Invisible City, A Digital Resource'