Matthew Naythons Photographic Archive, circa 1963-2013
Since 1972, Matthew Naythons has pursued two distinct professions: medicine and photography, developing his skills in both areas in a way that allowed him to uniquely combine the two pursuits at a later date. After obtaining his medical degree from Hahnemann University in 1972, Naythons began working on a month-by-month basis in an emergency room, a schedule that allowed him to take on freelance photojournalism assignments. During those years, he documented many international events for various publications such as Time, National Geographic, Newsweek, Life, the Sunday Times of London, and Stern.
After building up considerable experience in both professions for nearly a decade and a half, Naythons turned his attention in the late 1980s to his newly founded company, RxMedia Group, and a new book project, The Power to Heal. In 1991, Naythons renamed his company Epicenter Communications, which has since produced many more photography-based book projects, including The Face of Mercy: A History of Medicine at War, Sarajevo: A Portrait of the Siege, and several official presidential inaugural books. Naythons has also incorporated digital technology into his ventures, which include producing editions of The Multimedia Home Companion and establishing the seminal Internet health companies NetHealth and NetMed.
The Matthew Naythons photographic archive consists of materials from both Naythons' photojournalism career (1968-86) and his later work as a publisher and producer (1986-present). Materials present in the collection include negatives, transparencies, photographic prints, and contact sheets; correspondence with and biographical profiles of photographers and writers; business records and copyright documentation (including model releases); manuscripts and proofs for publications; and various audiovisual and digital media.
Naythons' own photographic work documents the Fall of Saigon, the Yom Kippur War, the Nicaraguan revolution, and the aftermath of the Jonestown massacre, among other turbulent political events of the late 1970s. His production work documents different medical cultures around the world, medical dilemmas in times of war, presidential campaigns and inaugurations, educational techniques, and aspects of different cultures and religions. The business files for such book projects as The Power to Heal, The Face of Mercy: A History of Medicine at War, Sarajevo: A Portrait of Siege, and Christmas Around the World present a detailed and extensive record of the complexities and challenges involved in their creation. Also included are exhibit prints and museum exhibit materials related to some of the photographic and publishing works documented in the collection.
Archivist's note: Due to the sensitive nature of many non-photographic materials in this collection, most manuscript items are restricted and require a review by the photographs archivist prior to public access. Please allow two weeks' notice when requesting review of restricted business and personal files. However, materials with sensitive or confidential information will remain restricted and will not be available for research. In 2016, the photographer donated materials he had identified as his most important work. These selects may be reviewed by searching the finding aid for box numbers beginning with the accession number: 2016-291. In addition, the collection holding record contains an inventory of the donation. The 2017 and 2018 accessions of the archive are comprised of photographic material, business and financial documentation and correspondence, receipts of income and expenses, and other documentation that corresponds to previously accessioned photographic materials in the archive. These materials came with box content listings and descriptive information written by the photographer, which can be found at the beginning of each box, and have been left predominantly in the organization in which they were received. These accessions have been added to this finding aid as additional series; please see organization and arrangement, below. A brief description of the contents of each accession, followed by an inventoried list of contents by box, can be found in the inventory.
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A portion of this collection is stored remotely. Advance notice required for retrieval. Contact repository for retrieval.
Conditions Governing Use
Access to business and personal files and digital media is restricted. Please allow two weeks' notice when requesting business and personal files. A portion of materials are sealed and unavailable for research until 2037, or noted date. Copyright restrictions apply. Contact repository for further information.
Matthew Naythons Photographic Archive, circa 1963-2013, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center's "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light" project, 2009-2011.
Subsequent revisions were made by Ashleigh Kuertz, 2014, Cindy Taylor, 2015; Amy Bowman, 2016; and Jessi Fishman, 2018.
A portion of the Matthew Naythons Photographic Archive has been digitized and is available on the Briscoe Center's digital media repository.
2003-088; 2003-089; 2005-061; 2010-080; 2010-327; 2012-236; 2013-269; 2014-193; 2014-197; 2015-034; 2016-143; 2016-291; 2017-058; 2017-109; 2017-139; 2017-257; 2018-058; 2018-092; 2018-239
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