Matt Eich (b. 1986) is a freelance photographer and founding member of LUCEO. His work is rooted in memory, both personal and collective and he strives to approach every photograph with a sense of intimacy. He believes that stories are the fabric of history and that they have the power to inform and transform open-minded viewers. While he has worked on five continents, Mattâ€™s images focus on his own back yard, often exploring communities, the issues they face and their sense of identity.
In September of 2004 he began his studies in photojournalism at Ohio University. His life and the focus of his work shifted dramatically when his daughter Madelyn was born in October 2007. The following summer of 2008, Matt interned with National Geographic Magazine, traveling to Peru, India, Rwanda and Botswana before returning to Ohio to complete his degree.
While finishing school Matt began working as a freelance photographer for clients such as Newsweek, Mother Jones, TIME, The FADER, Smithsonian, More, The New York Times, US News and World Report, The Wall Street Journal, Apple, The Canadian Opera Company and others. In 2009 Matt won POYi’s Community Awareness Award, The Magenta Foundation’s Bright Spark Award, was a finalist for the W. Eugene Smith Grant and was selected for the 16th World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass. Most recently he was awarded the 2010 Juried Fellowship at the Houston Center For Photography, a 2nd place in POYi 67 and was named one of PDN’s 30 Emerging Photographers to Watch.
Matt and his family now live in Norfolk, Virginia where he works on long-term projects while compulsively documenting everything around him.