Matt Clayton appreciation post

If your David fandom goes back, ahem, awhile… you will, no doubt, remember these amazing photos of David taken by the talented photographer, Matt Clayton (who also helped shoot The Other Side of Down cover, and other David assignments).

A couple of weeks ago, before Matt posted about the shoot on his Instagram feed and on his blog, I actually came across my copy of Square magazine (where these b&w pics originally appeared).

I remember how exciting it was when it arrived in the mail, and I appreciated it, not just because of David on the cover and the great interview with him it featured, but because I’m a long-time magazine junkie and the square, perfect-bound format was beautifully done, and the design of the whole magazine was super retro-cool. But I digress, back to David…. 😆

Here’s an excerpt from Matt’s blog about the shoot:

I had picked up the shirt and pants at Target. I thought it would be fun to dress him up but keep it youthful with the Chuck Taylor’s — which were his own. I’ll never forget trying to get my assistant, Lindsay’s, attention, while I tied the tie on David. I was trying to get her to take a behind-the-scenes picture but she wasn’t catching on. After a few failed “read my mind through my eyes” glances at her, David finally turned and said “He want’s you to get a picture of this.”

So much for being discrete.

Read the new blog here, and Matt’s original 2009 post here (which gave me MySpace flashbacks! :lol:)

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Matt also shot the No Matter How Far cover (photo above) and posted about that on his blog, too (found here). Here’s an excerpt:

It was a nice surprise to see the finished album, while out shopping. I resisted the urge to tell the sales clerk that that was my work on the cover – I wasn’t in the mood to start signing autographs … plus I didn’t have a Sharpie on me.

And who can forget this shot?? It was turned into a near-life size poster, which was a gift at the MKOCT VIPs. Anyone have one of those? (Or one of the Invisible Children bracelets he’s wearing in the photos up top? 🙂 )

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Matt’s clearly very talented… he captures something special in his David photos… idk how to describe it, something real and genuine in his eyes… I’ll label it “sensitivity with a twinkle” lol

What would you guys call it???

Full disclosure: Here’s a post I did back in the day called “The real story behind the Matt Clayton @DavidArchie photo shoot (not really)” that features a lot of silliness, along with more Matt photos, like this one. 🙂

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In case you missed Christmas Every Day on Entertainment Tonight Weekend edition:


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7 Responses to Matt Clayton appreciation post

  1. MissBianca says:

    Wait! I can’t be first to reply to this excellent post! First off, I’m sure for safety purposes, Deb didn’t post my absolute favorite young David picture ever. It’s the first one on Clayton’s retrospective post. Those eyes. I was breathless, speechless when I first saw those eyes.

    But all of them are excellent, aren’t they? I’d love for Matt Clayton to do a current photoshoot of David.

  2. TOfan says:

    The lovely and amazing Jerry captured David’s Hollywood Christmas Parade performance on FB live here:

  3. Pepper says:

    Great appreciation post! Yes, Matt Clayton is definitely one talented guy, Some great retrospective pictures!
    Interesting that you came across your copy of Square magazine recently TOfan, so did I. Was looking through my old mags and other items the other day and found Square magazine along with the Life Story magazine about David….another good one!. Didn’t realize how many autographed items I had either. lol.
    Yes, I do still have a couple of those Invisible Children bracelets and also that VIP photo (so cute0.
    :Sensitivity with a twinkle”…..perfect. Good to look back and I think Matt has captured David so well, so many times.
    Thanks for posting the ET clip and from the Hollywood Christmas parade (thanks to Jerry too), Didn’t get to see them. They were great!

  4. janey79 says:

    Matty Matt Matt has done some of my favorite photos of David. I especially love the one where David is looking down, perhaps balancing on a curb in the plaid shirt with rolled up sleeves and white pants.

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