“Tough” A Portrait Series by Matt Dunn


Matt Dunn, originally from the Bronx, NY, lives in Shaw and has been a freelance photographer since June 2000. Matt’s work has been published in the New York Times, Spin Magazine, Mother Jones, Washington City Paper and other publications. He has work on photo projects internationally in Haiti, Cuba, India and Uganda.


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  • I’m starting a new photo pool called “SOFT”. It will feature pictures of marshmallowy mid-level Federal managers behind thick spectacles.

  • Hell yes, Matt Dunn. The Kung Fu Gift Shop photo is magic. His work is consistently excellent.

    Bloomingdale, sweet idea, you should definitely have no shortage of subjects here in the District.

  • Are DC hooters girls the least hot of all the Hooters in the country?

  • that reminds me, I wonder if my buddies wife still works at the hooters in chinatown. anyone frequest the place lately. Hey THOR, i think the worst is west virginia. That may go for strip clubs too. ahem, so i have heard.

  • This is getting weird. Can’t someone have a photo series called “Sissy?” I don’t want to see this whole “have to be tough” meme repeated. We don’t have to live like that.

  • Yeah, this is getting old.

  • Oh – relief that others broke the ice – I wasn’t in the mood to get ragged on alone, but I also find these really trite. Just people looking bored and scowling. Maybe cool or “tough” in an 8th grade project sort of way, but you can’t put out something like this without being compared to Avedon’s “In the American West” or even “The Oxford Project” by Peter Feldstein, so you have to be better or innovative in some way.

    If you really want to see “Tough” check out http://www.insightoutproject.org.

    InSIGHT Out! is for children and teenagers to express themselves and tell their own stories through digital photography. The project started in Phang Nga, Thailand and Banda Aceh, Indonesia after the 2004 Asian tsunami disaster. It expanded to work in Thailand’s conflict-affected provinces of Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat near the Malaysia border.

  • The Hooters girl is cute, no make up. Sling beer and wings all day and see how you look

  • If these photos are trite, as victoriam alleges, into what category does name dropping Richard Avedon and Peter Feldstein in a friggin’ neighborhood blog photo project fall?

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