"Sleeth's photography humorously and warmly and engages in a dialogue with the smaller habits, daily rituals, and preoccupations of contemporary life." —Bec Dean, author of "Pattern Recognition" in Matthew Sleeth: Ten Series/106 Photographs
Australian photographer Matthew Sleeth is a consummate observer, exploring the world around him with an acute and often humorous eye. Feet #5 (Tokyo) is from a series shot on the Tokyo subway. "They are images of reasonably random feet—usually whoever's I was sitting opposite," explains Sleeth. "They touch on themes such as consumerism (a great town for shoes) and the way men and women occupy public space differently. I'm sure this can be observed in many countries, but it seems emphasized in Japan: the men are sprawled over the seats with crotches thrust forward while the women tend to fold themselves into the smallest space possible."
This work appears in the artist's Aperture monograph Matthew Sleeth: Ten Series/106 Photographs, the first book of his work published in the United States.
Matthew Sleeth's work has been exhibited extensively around the world, including exhibitions at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, and the Noorderlicht Festival, the Netherlands. His previous books include Survey (2004), Opfikon (2003), and Home & Away (2003), among others. His 2002 publication Tour of Duty, exploring the Australian presence in East Timor, is featured in Martin Parr’s The Photobook: A History, Volume Two.