Matt Bialostocki

Photographing our Literary Culture

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My name is Matt Bialostocki. I'm a photographer and bookseller with a vested interest in the literary culture and community of Wellington and New Zealand.

Getting Boosted would be game-changing for my photography, and life-changing for me. If you have a vested interest in my work - if you are a writer, reader, bookseller, publisher - if you're a photographer or if you just believe that what I am doing is important - I hope you will donate. Enabling me to keep doing what I do would be a huge step in supporting me.

For four years I've been working on a project to document this community through photography. I have thousands of photographs from publishing events, readings, discussions and panels from this time. I have photographs of writers and readers, of publishers and booksellers. Slowly I have amassed a body of work that I am proud of and I build on this almost every week.

I want to expand this project. I want to make it to more events, and photograph more writers in the spaces they write in. I don't care if you're a bestselling author or if you've just hand-sewn fifty copies of your first chapbook. I want to open the project up to anyone who wants to be involved. If you're reading this then there's a strong chance that I want to photograph you. I won't be stopping anytime soon. Literary events are almost always in very low light, requiring something beyond the average camera - and this has had a cost.

The majority of the time I take photographs without financial compensation. This is because my time is given freely and I love what I do. However photography does have a monetary cost and I have difficulty bearing it alone. $3,265.00 is precisely the cost of my hardware. I had to buy a new camera at the beginning of the year after watching my old one slowly grind down, and finding extra work to pay it off detracts from the time I can spend actually photographing the vibrant community that I'm attempting to document. A $50 donation means I can spend two hours taking/processing photos. I want to keep doing this and I want to keep doing it with no pressure on the people I'm focusing on for this project.

Any excess of this financial target will go towards creating a digital archive of this project that the public has access to. This side of the project is still in development.

Thank you for your time, and please help spread the word. You can help me out.


  • 102% - Boosted!!


    Dear Beauts,

    Look what you did! I'm at 102% thanks to your generosity and support. I can't quite find the words to say how much this means to me. I can say that as you see my photographs pop up over the months and years, you can grin knowing that you helped me take them. Whatever your reasons for supporting me, the result of this Boosted campaign is something that I hope will benefit a lot of different people as I build on this project.

    I still have a few days to go and I will be in touch with everyone soon to let you know of the final result - but hitting 100% with 7 days to go has really blown me out of the water and I am much encouraged.

    Thank you, all of you. I hope to bring my best work to the table.

    -Matt Bialostocki

    102% - Boosted!!
  • Week 2 finishes at 74%!


    The feedback and response I've had in two short weeks is encouraging beyond words. It gives me a lot of hope for the future of this project and I hope that I can thank all of you properly by continuing to produce work that is for everyone and not just for me.

    Not only does your support edge this project closer to completion, but it has benefits outside of this Boosted project - I have several people to photograph later in the year and plenty of events lined up that might not have come across my path without this noise.

    If you know someone who might want to donate, please feel free to remind them that no matter how big or small their donation, the ripple effect their support will have can't be quantified in money.

    26% ($845) to go - thank you to all of my donors. My work is nothing without you.

    Week 2 finishes at 74%!
  • 50% in 3 days!


    Wow! I'm a bit overwhelmed by the response to this so far. 50% in 3 days is more than I expected, and makes me feel like taking these photographs is really worthwhile. Thank you to everyone who has donated so far - and if you know anyone who might be interested, please do spread the word.

    I'll keep you all posted on our progress - I say our, because when each of you contributed to this project it became as much yours as it is mine.

    Thank you all.


    -Matt Bialostocki

    50% in 3 days!