Recognized for their intimate photographs of families and character studies of communities across the United States of America, in Days Before / Days After, Jared Soares and Matt Eich describe spaces and objects that are shaped by unseen forces. As the miasma of social media begins to fracture contemporary society, they find solace in turning their gaze away from the maddening crowd. Instead the photographers have created a record of these surroundings informed through their own series of quiet observations and meditations culled from years of travels across the nation. Their project covers themes which speak to a growing disillusionment, a loss of innocence, and a sense of foreboding that allude to the current condition in their backyard. This is the first collaborative book project for Soares and Eich.
Jared Soares is a Washington, D.C. based photographer whose work creates a dialogue around community and identity in America. Through portraiture and long-form essays he examines how groups of individuals relate to each other. His fine art prints and artist books are held in the permanent collections of the Portland Art Museum, Sloane Art Library at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University. Soares’s images intimately connect readers with a variety of subjects for clients such as Bloomberg BusinessWeek, The FADER, Microsoft, Monocle, Nike, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Smithsonian, VICE, and WIRED.
When not making photographs, Soares can be found playing tennis or walking his pet terrier, Holly.
Matt Eich is a photographic essayist working on long-form projects about the American condition. He studied photojournalism at Ohio University and holds an MFA in Photography from Hartford Art School’s International Limited-Residency Program. Eich’s work has been widely exhibited and received numerous grants and recognitions including PDN’s 30 Emerging Photographers to Watch, the Joop Swart Masterclass, the F25 Award for Concerned Photography, POYi’s Community Awareness Award, the Aaron Siskind Foundation Fellowship, the VMFA Visual Arts Fellowship, and two Getty Images Grants for Editorial Photography. He has published two photobooks, Carry Me Ohio, and I Love You, I am Leaving, and his fine art prints and books are held in the permanent collections of many institutions such as, The Portland Art Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, The New York Public Library, and Chrysler Museum of Art.
Eich is currently resides in Charlottesville, Virginia with his wife and two daughters.