Matthew Shaw
Matthew Shaw is a writer, editor and musician. His writing has appeared in Folio Weekly, Edible Northeast Florida, The Surfer's Journal, and SURFER Magazine, and he's reported on national stories for The New York Times. He was previously editor in chief of the Void Magazine.
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August 31, 2022

PHOTO ESSAY | Eastside Jax ‘on the right path’

Photos and captions by Dennis Ho | Editing by Matthew Shaw | Intro by Jessica Palombo The Eastside, or Out East, as residents know it, is the poster community for “withintrification” in Jacksonville. The once-vibrant historically Black neighborhood has struggled economically, but residents say they don’t need outsiders to drive improvements. For Jacksonville Today, photographer Dennis Ho shares portraits of

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March 13, 2022

Public art in bloom — yes, even at the Duval Courthouse

The Duval County Courthouse is certainly a sight to behold. With its precast concrete and steel facade, the 800,000-square-foot, seven-story structure occupies two city blocks between Broad and Pearl streets in Downtown Jacksonville.  Since its completion in June of 2012, the courthouse has stuck out like a sore thumb, its massive scale and new-construction sheen offering a contrast to the

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February 16, 2022

PHOTO ESSAY | The Skyway in Transit

As the pace of development in the city’s urban core continues to ramp up, Jacksonville’s Downtown is beginning to look different. Amid the relatively new arrival of cranes and swinging steel beams, it endures: 2.5 miles of concrete track we call the Jacksonville Skyway. Opened in 1989, the automated people mover has been a point of contention for nearly as

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January 26, 2022

Painter Richard Heipp forces us to see the world, and his art, anew

In Wes Anderson’s new film, The French Dispatch, Julian Cadazio (a huckster of substantial means played by Adrien Brody) is trying to convince his rich uncle to back his latest scheme: investing in modern art.  Cadazio, while doing a stint in prison, has stumbled upon the work of Moses Rosenthaler, a hyper-macho, mentally ill and enormously talented artist played by

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December 16, 2021

How 4 Jacksonville artists made it to Miami Art Week

It’s just after 5 p.m. on the Monday before Thanksgiving. Artist and Professor Dustin Harewood dons a paint-splattered denim apron as he takes a seat atop a craft table inside his sprawling classroom at Florida State College of Jacksonville’s Kent Campus. Seated two tables over, fellow artist and FSCJ Professor Mark Creegan is using a fine-detail brush to apply finishing

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November 30, 2021

3 local photojournalists frame up the First Coast in ‘Last Coast’

The term First Coast is synonymous with Jacksonville and its four surrounding counties: Clay, Nassau, Baker and St. Johns. A product of a marketing campaign, the phrase was first introduced in the 1980s as Florida’s First Coast. Over the last five decades First Coast has been widely adopted by media outlets, business organizations and the general populace, owing largely to

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November 22, 2021

In ‘Age of Cognizance’ 3 Jacksonville artists explore their individual identities through collective consciousness

The Age of Cognizance, which opened this month, is the Yellow House’s first in-person exhibit in nearly two years. A group show of new works by Ricder Ricardo, Mimi Tran and Kirsten Williams, Age of Cognizance features each artist’s work in separate rooms. Tran’s lithographs and silkscreen prints on Vietnamese dresses occupy one bedroom, while Williams’ half-dozen or so paint-on-wood-block

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November 10, 2021

PHOTO ESSAY | Downtown Jacksonville dresses up for Toni Smailagic

Introduction by Matthew Shaw | Photographs and captions by Toni Smailagic When Toni Smailagic brings out his camera, it seems, Jacksonville tends to get all dressed up for him. Since moving back to Jacksonville from New York five years ago, Toni Smailagic has embedded himself in the cultural scene of the city’s urban core at concerts, art exhibit openings and

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November 3, 2021

PHOTO ESSAY | Jacksonville through the lens of Michael Rakim

Introduction by Matthew Shaw | Photographs and captions by Michael Rakim The first time I saw the work of Wesley Michael Rakim Edwards — who publishes his photography under the name Michael Rakim — I could tell he was a people person. I’d engage with Rakim’s imagery in the way most of us view photography these days — mostly on

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October 27, 2021

PHOTO ESSAY | Leighton Hoey’s view from inside Jacksonville’s music scene

Introduction by Matthew Shaw | Photographs and captions by Leighton Hoey As someone who has spent the last half-decade or so writing about Northeast Florida’s burgeoning music scene, I’ve seen my fair share of press pics. Whether a highly stylized wide-angled portrait of a Duval pop artist or an intentionally lo-fi snap of a noisy local punk band, I love

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