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I'm a recovering CEO turned award-winning photographer and writer. 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 and 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 and displayed at multiple gallery events, selling out every time. I've completed studies in Photojournalism with the New York Institute of Photography and am a member of the International Association of Press Photographers. ​

Though I didn't seek out to become a professional photographer & writer, 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. 

You can read more about why I left CEO life to become a photographer and writer on my blog pages and learn about my prior life and education as a CEO and founder of multiple technology companies. 

MAT CHACON

PHOTOGRAPHER
/WRITER

AS FEATURED IN

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GALLERY

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LANDSCAPE

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PORTRAIT

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STREET

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AWARDS &
RECOGNITION

LFI is the definitive photographic publication carefully curated by Leica Fotografie International’s editorial team showcasing the world's best images shot with Leica cameras since 1949. 

2021 - The Photo Review - Featured photographer 

The Photo Review is a critical journal of fine art photography published bi-annually since 1979 and has been featured in The New York Times, The Toronto Globe & Mail, The Wall Street Journal, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Photo District News, and the New York Observer

ShotKit.com features the world's best photographers and has been showcased in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Sydney Morning Herald, the Daily Mail, and the The Huffington Post.

LFI is the definitive photographic publication carefully curated by Leica Fotografie International’s editorial team showcasing the world's best images shot with Leica cameras since 1949. 

2019 - Photographic Center Northwest (PCNW) - Gallery Show - Sold Out

I was personally sponsored by Leica Store Bellevue to display my photos in their Leica photographic exhibition at PCNW where all of my photographic prints sold out. 

2018 - Photographic Center Northwest (PCNW) - Gallery Show - Sold Out 

I was personally sponsored by Leica Store Bellevue to display my photos in their Leica photographic exhibition at PCNW where all of my photographic prints sold out. 

LFI is the definitive photographic publication carefully curated by Leica Fotografie International’s editorial team showcasing the world's best images shot with Leica cameras since 1949. 

LFI is the definitive photographic publication carefully curated by Leica Fotografie International’s editorial team showcasing the world's best images shot with Leica cameras since 1949. 

2017 - Photographic Center Northwest (PCNW) - Gallery Show - Sold Out 

I was personally sponsored by Leica Store Bellevue to display my photos in their Leica photographic exhibition at PCNW where all of my photographic prints sold out. 

CREDENTIALS

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)

FROM:

Out of shape & over-

worked CEO

TO:

Happy & healthy

photographer / writer

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