Matt Moyer is a photographer and filmmaker committed to documenting the social and cultural issues that affect our world.
Known for his intimate and in-depth storytelling, Moyer, has photographed multiple feature stories for National Geographic magazine and documents social issues for non-profit foundations. Moyer covered the Iraq war for The New York Times and National Geographic magazine and has worked on assignment for other prominent publications including The Washington Post, The Independent, The Guardian, and National Geographic Traveler.
Moyer’s short films have been featured by a number of outlets including the National Geographic Society, Vision Workshops, and the PBS Newshour online. “A Drop Of Blood”, Moyer’s short documentary about an Iraqi fixer that saved his life during a street battle in Southern Iraq, was an official selection of the 2016 Durango Independent Film Festival in Durango, Colorado.
Moyer graduated from Syracuse University with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a bachelor’s degree in photojournalism. Moyer was named a Knight Wallace Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan in 2008 and also received a Knight Fellowship at Ohio University in 2012.
"I approach my work with an ethic that was formed early in my career while documenting small communities in rural New York State,” explains Moyer. “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 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 featured in numerous exhibits around 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. A passionate and dedicated educator, Moyer, also spends time every year teaching with the National Geographic Photo Camps, a program that teaches photography to young adults and children in underserved communities.