Matthew Pritchard is a freelance photographer living in Long Island City, New York with his wife, Maureen, and son, Walker. He grew up in Altoona, Pennsylvania, where he developed both an active imagination and an appreciation for the curious detail.
He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Italian Language and Literature from Temple University in Philadelphia. He earned his Masters Degree in Creative Writing with a concentration in Poetry at the New School for Social Research.
It was at Temple where he discovered a passion for the still image while studying black and white film photography under Steven Berkowitz. Coming to admire such masters of the art as Henri Cartier-Bresson, Andre Kertesz, Robert Frank, Walker Evans, Sal Leiter, Ernst Haas, Garry Winogrand, and Dorothy Lange, he began to develop his signature style – creating an image that is formally sophisticated while containing emotional truth.
In 2007, he took a pilgrimage to Tanzania with a group dedicated to helping children who had been orphaned by AIDS. While there, Mr. Pritchard unexpectedly reawakened his lost passion for photography. He has been joyfully taking photographs ever since.
Mr. Pritchard has taken numerous photography classes at the International Center of Photography. He is fascinated with composition and he admires the photograph’s unique ability to capture a moment that becomes something transcendent and enduring.