Celebrity Photographer Matt Irwin Dies at 36
The British photog captured numerous A-listers behind the lens of his camera, including Taylor Swift, Rihanna, One Direction, Kesha and Nicki Minaj, among others.
Celebrity and fashion photographer Matt Irwin, who photographed numerous A-list faces including Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Brie Larson and One Direction, died unexpectedly on May 5, 2016, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed Saturday. He was 36.
A representative at Irwin's photo agency Camilla Lowther Management (CLM) said in a statement to THR, "It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of British photographer, Matt Irwin. Matt’s family and friends are heartbroken and have asked that their privacy be respected while they come to terms with their loss."
Irwin (courtesy of Camilla Lowther Management)
The statement continued, "Matt’s unprecedented access to a generation of musicians, models and actors of our time leaves behind a visual chronicle that reveals — and pays testament to — his infectious passion, enthusiasm and talent. Matt’s passing leaves a huge gap in the fashion world and in the hearts of all those who had the privilege of knowing him." The cause of death has not been disclosed.
The British photographer was born in Southport, England on Feb. 10, 1980 and started capturing images at the age of 15 when his friend gave him a super eight camera. He began his career in fashion, working at Dazed & Confused in London as the front sections editor, according to the CLM website. His career as a photographer launched when he was approached by Dazed creative director and friend Nicola Formichetti to shoot photographs for the magazine, eventually leading to his first cover in 2007.
Over the span of his career, Irwin photographed several celebrities, including Daisy Ridley, James Franco, Nicki Minaj, Kesha, Cara Delevingne, Miley Cyrus, Gwen Stefani, Allison Williams, James McAvoy, Lady Gaga, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Reese Witherspoon. Among the many publications — Elle UK, V Magazine, Vogue Russia and Vogue Japan — in which his work appeared, Irwin scored covers for Vogue Spain and Wonderland.
Following the news of his death, the photographer's famous friends and subjects took to social media to express their sorrow and condolences on his passing, including One Direction's Niall Horan, Rita Ora and Alexa Chung.
MY DARLING SWEET MATT THIS IS HOW I WILL ALWAYS THINK OF YOU BACK IN 2006 WHEN WERE LIL BABES IN THE WOODS DANCING ALL NIGHT AT BOOMBOX OR PARIS PARIS WITH FRAN AGGY HENRY AND THE GANG GOING TO COACHELLA W CORY AND SHOOTING IN THE DESERT YOU ALWAYS CHRONICLING THE MOMENT WITH A CLICK. LINDSEY JUMPING IN MY ARMS AND THEN SNAP I LOVE YOU I MISS YOU MAY YOU BE AT PEACE WITH THE ANGLES.#RIPMATTIRWIN