Matt Moyer

Matt Moyer is a photojournalist, teacher, and public speaker who focuses on social and cultural issues. Moyer is a regular contributor to National Geographic magazine and his work has been published in prominent publications such as Newsweek, Sports Illustrated, and The New York Times. His assignments have taken him from the war zones of Iraq, Afghanistan, and the DRC to the holy sites of Egypt, and the ranching communities of the Western United States.

“I approach my work with an ethic that was formed early in my career while I was documenting small communities in rural New York State. 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. 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 documentary 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 exhibited throughout the world.

Moyer founded On Assignment Photography Workshops with his wife and fellow National Geographic photographer, Amy Toensing, with the goal of passing on their love of photography to a wide range of students.

Moyer also does corporate work for Fortune 500 companies and foundation work for major non-profit foundations like The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He sits on the Board Of Advisors of The Siena School, a school for students with language-based learning differences located in Maryland. Moyer was named a Knight Wallace Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan in 2008. Through Vision Workshops, Matt traveled to South Sudan in October bringing together young adults from waring tribes to learn about photojournalism and help them to capture their own personal stories about the war.

Matt and Amy live just north of New York City in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains.