FORA.tv Speaker - Matt Moyer
Matt Moyer is a photojournalist committed to documenting the social and cultural issues that affect our world. His intimate photographs go behind the headlines to put a human face on the biggest issues of the day.
For the past decade Moyer has spent his time photographing feature stories for National Geographic magazine and documenting social issues for non-profit foundations. He has also worked on assignment for other prominent publications including The New York Times, Marie Claire, The Independent, and The Guardian. He has covered the major events of the past decade including the fall of the twin towers, security contractors in Afghanistan, healthcare in America, and the Iraq war.
Matt explains, "I approach my work with an ethic that was formed early in my career while documenting small communities in rural New York State. My subjects were my neighbors and my community. I had to look them in the eye not only when I was working on a story but for weeks and months after. This drove me to get the story right and tell it as I saw it with empathy and honesty. Now, whether I am photographing a farm family in rural America or a Shiite family in Baghdad, I call upon the lessons I learned and always remember to view my subjects as members of my extended community."
Moyer's documentary photography has been recognized for numerous international awards and appeared in several books including The Best of Photojournalism series, Report From Ground Zero, and Witness to War. His work has also been exhibited throughout the world.
Moyer sits on the Board of Advisors for The Siena School, a school for students with language-based learning differences, headquartered in Washington, DC. He also spends time every year teaching with the National Geographic Photo Camp, a program that teaches photography to children in underserved communities.
Moyer was named a Knight Wallace Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan in 2008 and the Knight Fellow at Ohio Univeristy's prestigious School of Visual Communications in 2012.
01.13.15 | 00:21:16 min
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