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I'm a recovering CEO turned award-winning portrait and conflict photographer and visual storyteller. After spending most of my adult life in white collar roles, I’ve come to learn that my collar is actually quite blue. Though I projected the very image of success as a Harvard Business School-trained CEO building software companies for many years, I was far from happy.

 

Photography saved my soul. 

I’m most content embracing my blue collar, navigating high-risk conflict zones, and capturing images that tell the stories everyone should know.

 

I prefer a photojournalistic aesthetic. Much of my work is focused on shining a light on the darkness of racial and economic inequality. I've been fortunate enough to have my photos shown in Leica Fotografie International as Leica Master Shots, distributed and sold by Getty Images, featured on Shotkit.com, displayed at multiple gallery events, and featured in Smithsonian Magazine. I've completed studies in Photojournalism with the New York Institute of Photography, Commercial & Fine Art Photography with SPEOS Photography School in Paris, and am a member of the International Association of Press Photographers. ​

Though I didn't seek out to become a professional photographer, I wouldn't change a thing. Photography feeds my soul, and has taken me around the world, meeting and photographing the beautiful, strange and interesting people that inhabit it, and then telling their stories.

 

My life's been filled with adventures and experiences that I'm sure will send me to hell on a full scholarship. But for now, for me... this is as close as it gets to Heaven. 

MAT CHACON

PHOTOGRAPHER/
VISUAL STORYTELLER

AS FEATURED IN

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LEICA Q
GALLERY

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LANDSCAPE

GALLERY

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PORTRAIT

GALLERY

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STREET

GALLERY

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AWARDS &
RECOGNITION

2022

Smithsonian Magazine 19th Annual Photo Contest - Top 10 Finalist.

Private Gallery Show - Sold out. 

2021

Leica Fotografie International (LFI) - Leica Master Shot - Leica Q Gallery.

The Photo Review - Featured photographer. 

ShotKit.com - Featured Photojournalist. 

Private Gallery Show - Sold out. 

2020

Leica Fotografie International (LFI) - Leica Master Shot - Street Gallery. 

Private Gallery Show - Sold out. 

2019

Photographic Center Northwest (PCNW) - Gallery Show - Sold out. 

Private Gallery Show - Sold out. 

2018

Photographic Center Northwest (PCNW) - Gallery Show - Sold out. 

Leica Fotografie International (LFI) - Leica Master Shot - Portrait Gallery. 

Leica Fotografie International (LFI) - Leica Master Shot - Landscape Gallery. 

Private Gallery Show - Sold out. 

2017

Photographic Center Northwest (PCNW) - Gallery Show - Sold out. 

CREDENTIALS

2022

SPEOS Photography School, Paris 

Commercial + Fine Art Photography

2021

Getty Images

Stock Photographer (Contributor ID: 691210)

2020

New York Institute of Photography

Photojournalism (Credential ID: DL1800013)

2019 

International Association of Press Photographers

Photojournalist (Member ID: US/8-l-39623)

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