Long considered to be one of New Zealands leading Landscape photographers, Matheson Beaumont has been photographing the landscape of the South Island of New Zealand for the last forty years. His photographs distil the texture and light of Southern New Zealand to produce images praised for their integrity, design and sense of place.
His pictures are held in public collections in The United States of America, The United Kingdom, Brazil, Singapore and China, and in private collections in the UK, Canada, Australia, the US, Germany, Japan and NZ.
He is an Hon. Fellow of the Photographic Society of New Zealand,
a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain, and made
a Fellow of The Photographic Society of America in 1974.
He was awarded the Royal Photographic Societys prestigious Fenton Medal in 1994, for his services to Australasian Photography, the first time that a NZ photographer has been honoured in this way. In 1975 he was presented with a Civic Arts Award by the City of Dunedin.
An Optometrist by profession, Beaumont has practiced photography as an avocation, and now has given himself completely to the medium which has been his love since he was a student
The institutions which have exhibited his photography, include:
- The Royal Photographic Society, (Bath UK)
- The NZ Academy of Fine Arts
- Shadowcatcher in Auckland
- Marshall Seifert Gallery Dunedin
- The Timaru Art Gallery, and
- The Otago Museum
His photographs have been published in Photograms of the Year, The Years Photography, Camera in New Zealand, A day in the Life of NZ, (1983 and 2000)
The NZ Millennium and Focus on New Zealand (1986), as well as in many magazines.