Matt is a photographer and writer from Arlington, Virginia. After a career at United Press International and USA Today , he now is the founder of Matt Mendelsohn Creative. When he’s not shooting, Matt writes humor pieces for publications like the New York Times , the Washington Post and the Huffington Post.
Matt’s been a photographer for 30 years, though his passion for photography
started long before even then. Back in Mattlin Junior High School, in
Plainview, New York, Matt vividly remembers seeing an image come up on a
piece of paper floating in a tray of liquid. The rest, as they say, is
Taking far too many pictures and accumulating far too few academic credits, Matt shot his way through his college years at the State University of New York in
Binghamton, in the early Eighties. Though he received a B.A. in English
Literature, Matt was known around school as the guy with the camera.
(Well, he was also known for setting a SUNY-B record for failing Chaucer
four consecutive times, but transcript privacy laws prevent us from
discussing that matter.)
Matt began his career at the Binghamton Press and Sun Bulletin . He quickly moved on to USA Today, the nation’s newspaper, for what was supposed to be a five-month stint.
But Matt stuck around Washington, D.C., becoming a photo editor and
photographer at United Press International, a wire service as famous for
constantly going out of business than for, well, being a famous wire
During his time at UPI, Matt covered the White House, the Gulf War, the invasion of Panama, and countless professional sporting events. In 1990, he moved to
California to take over the Los Angeles bureau. While in Los Angeles,
Matt covered the Rodney King beating trial, the Academy Awards and far
too many USC football games. In fact, he sometimes hears the school’s
march in his nightmares.
Matt became the photo editor of the news section of USA Today and eventually the director of photography at USA Weekend, a Sunday magazine with a circulation of 27 million weekly. Outside of the news business, Matt is known as one of the hardest working wedding and portrait photographers in the country. Photo District News included Matt in its “15 hottest wedding portfolios in America” issue and Washingtonian Magazine described his portraits as “a breed apart.”