Mathew Keller is a photographer, designer, magazine editor, husband, father, modernist, history enthusiast, lover of pre and post-war design, collector of inter-war furniture and clothing, writer on the history of classic men’s style and advocate of the retrospective way of life.

He’s been wielding a camera from an early age after his dad reluctantly showed him how to use one on a family trip. He trained in film and photography during his early twenties and has continued to take pictures of people and places that interest him ever since.

For the past few years he’s been capturing intimate portraits of fellow full-time lovers-of-the-past for his Southern Retro project (southerretro.com) and attending the major vintage events around the country shooting for a number of high street and digital publications. In 2012 he co-authored a book showcasing modern vintage interiors with the editor of Vintage Brighton called ‘Your Inspection Welcome’ (blurb.co.uk/bookstore/detail/3366671).

2013 saw him write, direct and produce his first short film ‘Paper Doll’, a fictional tale set amongst the Brighton swing dance scene.

In mid-2014 he co-founded a new print publication focusing on the revival of past styles and fashions called ‘In Retrospect Magazine’ (inretrospectmagazine.com) and has subsequently become Editor-in-chief.

Artist CV


BA (Hons) Film, Video & Photography - Leeds University - 1996
A Level Photography - Lewes Tertiary College - 1993

Selected Solo Exhibitions

Brighton Festival Artists Open Houses (May 2012)

Selected Group Exhibitions

Natuzzi “Welcome Home” for London Design Festival (July 2012)


MCV Magazine (2008)
Milkcow Magazine (December 2010)>
Vintage Life Magazine(February 2012)
Flush Magazine (April 2012)
Vintage Xplorer (October 2012)
‘Your Inspection Welcome’ (August 2012) - Self Published


Photographer - NCsoft Europe - 2006 - 2009
Photographer - Milkcow Magazine - 2010
Event Photographer - Ticketing Technology Conference - 2012
Photographer - CWA Dagger Awards - 2013
Official Photographer - European Swing Dance Championships - 2013
Photographer - Betty Blue’s Loungerie Spring/Summer 2015 collection - 2014
Chief Photographer - In Retrospect Magazine - 2014 onwards
Photographer - Betty Blue’s Loungerie Autumn/Winter 2015 collection - 2015