by Alison Zavos in New Photography on Wednesday 5 October 2011

Matthew Rainwaters was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley, which is the part of Los Angeles nobody likes to talk about. He did a lot of skateboarding when he was younger, broke a lot of bones, and spent hours filming his friends. Making skate videos eventually brought him to still photography.

Once a veggie patty broke his nose in an epic food fight: in total he has broken 23 bones, spent more than a year on crutches, and has a metal plate holding the left side of his face together. He lived abroad for a very brief time and returned to California to work in a special effects studio that made monster movies. He graduated photo school at 23 and started teaching high school in Los Angeles a year later. He now lives in Austin and takes pictures for a living. This work is from his series, Beardfolio, which has just been published by Chronicle Books. Rainwaters will be signing copies of ‘Beard’ at Domy Books in Austin this Wednesday, October 5. [Read a full interview with Matthew Rainwaters about this series at Feature Shoot]
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