Photograph by Matt Moyer
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Photojournalist Matt Moyer has worked on assignment for publications such as National Geographic, the New York Times, and the Guardian. For more than 15 years Moyer has been committed to telling stories that put a human face on the day's news.
Moyer was born in Syracuse, New York, in 1971 and began his photography career after graduating from Syracuse University in 1994 with degrees in photojournalism and sociology. He started his career at the Citizen, a small newspaper in Auburn, New York.
After almost two years he moved to Cairo, Egypt, where he lived for three years learning Arabic and immersing himself in the local culture. While in Egypt, Moyer worked on a project documenting the plight of child laborers. Photographs from this project received multiple awards in the Pictures of the Year competition.
After leaving Egypt, Moyer settled in New York City, where he worked for editorial and corporate clients including the New York Times, Goldman Sachs, and Merrill Lynch. Moyer was in New York on September 11, 2001, and photographed the events at ground zero.
Moyer returned to the Middle East in April 2003, entering Iraq just after Baghdad fell to U.S. troops. He spent four months working in Iraq for publications such as the New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, the Guardian, People, and Marie Claire, documenting the plight of the Iraqi people and the struggles of the U.S. forces.
Moyer received his first assignment for National Geographic magazine in October 2003, when he returned to the Middle East to photograph the Shiites of Iraq.
Moyer was named a Knight-Wallace Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan for 2007-08.
Moyer's documentary work has appeared in several books, including Witness Iraq, Report From Ground Zero, Running Toward Danger, and The Best of Photojournalism 1997. Moyer's photographs have also been exhibited in New York and Washington, D.C.
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