Matilda was born in Somerset, England in 1981, she lives and work in London.
After pursuing a career in tropical infectious diseases she came to photography in 2007. She is now based in the UK and divides her time between commissions and her personal work which is inspired by marginalised groups and societies. At times confrontational, her work is a empathetic nod to the self expression of her subjects and commands the immediate attention of the viewer. “My personal work is inspired by individuals who like to sit outside society’s norms and is as much about the viewer’s reaction as it is about the subjects” Temperley says.
In 2014 Matilda was a finalist for the SONY World Photo Awards for her African work. She was also a finalist in the CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the year awards for her work on the Somerset floods. Matilda's first book Under The Surface - Somerset Floods was published in 2014.
Matilda’s personal work has been shown extensively in the UK as well as in Paris, Brussels and Cape Town. Recent exhibitions include: The Environmental Photographer of the Year, RGS, London (2014); END PLATES, Somerset House, SONY World Photo Awards (2014); 'HUMAN ZOO: The London Series, The Wilmotte Gallery, London(2013); Current Ebony Gallery Franschoeck, South Africa (2013); ABYSSINIAN DREAMS, Michael Hoppen Gallery, London, UK; ABYSSINIAN DREAMS The Michael Hoppen Gallery, Paris.
Matilda is a regular contributor to international magazines and newspapers such as: Harpers Bazaar UK, Harpers Bazaar Art; Observer; The Guardian; The Telegraph; Sunday Times Magazine; The Times.