Photographer Matt Hoyle Joins the Polar Bear Club

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Matt Hoyle’s . (2007) Photo: Courtesy of Point of View Gallery

Matt Hoyle’s subject is often water and the people who swim in it. He hasn’t exactly followed the lead of Martin Munkácsi, the Hungarian master whose able-bodied vacationers glistened on the beach, often lounging under glamorous striped accessories or jumping into petite waves. Hoyle’s people are more of the Olympic persuasion, not letting the aesthetic interfere with their performance. Here, it seems Hoyle has infiltrated this tubby polar bear’s dreams. After the jump, see Penelope, a cracked-lip swimmer, up close and personal. Hoyle's work is on view in a group show until Saturday at Point of View Gallery.

Matt Hoyle’s Penelope (2007).Photo: Courtesy of Point of View Gallery