British photographer Chloe Dewe Mathews was named the 2014 Robert Gardner Fellow in Photography at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology. Dewe Mathews earned her degree at Oxford’s Ruskin School of Fine Art, spent four years in the film industry, then hitchhiked and camped from China to Britain, taking photographs while she traveled. The Caspian region became an area of particular interest for Mathews, and she has returned there several times to photograph the people and their relationship to the resource-rich land. Mathews is represented by Panos Pictures, and her photographs on the Caspian region won the British Journal of Photography’s International Photography Award, which included a show at London’s Foto8 Gallery.
The Gardner Fellowship provides a stipend of $50,000 and funding for a book of photographs documenting the human condition anywhere in the world. Previous recipients have included Guy Tillim, Dayanita Singh, and Alessandra Sanguinetti.