Philadelphia Photographer

About Me –

My name is Matthew Bender, and I’m a Philadelphia based editorial, commercial and portrait photographer.   I am a native of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.  A former almost-engineer, I opted instead to go to art school, and found my way into commercial and fine art photography.


My Photographic Approach –

I have an affinity for documentary, lifestyle, and portraiture work.  While I have a real love for moment-based, story telling imagery, I have an equal love for dynamic portraiture.  Being able to marry these two approaches is what I strive for in my work.


Some Other Important Bullet Points –

– Although I am from Pennsylvania Dutch Country, I am not actually Amish.  Amish men cannot have mustaches – they’re deemed too fancy.

– I didn’t fall in love with photography when I was six.  I’ve made up for it.

– My cat is named Optimus Prime.  

– I have a fine art practice grounded in the idea of progress.  This work can be found at

– I’ve gone skydiving and my parachute failed.  

– I have photographed assignments with a broken arm, including a group of doctors.  It was a wonderful ice-breaker with them.  And no, this was not related to my skydiving incident!  


Collaborators –

University of Pennsylvania | Wharton School of Business| Arkema Inc. | Air Liquide | School of the Pennsylvania Ballet | University of Denver || John Templeton Foundation | Lehigh University | Sartomer Chemicals | CARF (Cicatricial Alopecia Research Foundation) | CAPA Pictures


Contact –


c. 215.300.1789

i. @mattbender