Philadelphia Photographer

Contact –

PHL. 215.300.1789

About Me –

My name is Matthew Bender, and I’m an editorial, commercial and portrait photographer. I’m currently living in Philadelphia; I know the roads (and tolls) to NYC well. I’m 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.

Some Other Important Bullet Points –

– I live in South Philly, home to a certain fictional boxer you may have heard of.

– Although I’m from Pennsylvania Dutch Country, I’m not actually Amish.  My mustache is the give-away. Amish men cannot have mustaches – they’re too fancy.

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

– 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!  

Select Collaborators –

Arkema Inc. | Air Liquide | Ipsen Biopharmaceuticals | Sartomer Chemicals | | The Pennsylvania Ballet

University of Pennsylvania | Wharton School of Business | University of Denver | Haverford College | Macalester College | Lehigh University 

The Washington Post Magazine | Wall Street Journal | Science Magazine | Landscape Management Magazine | Chemical & Engineering News | AGBU Insider

CARF (Cicatricial Alopecia Research Foundation) | CFEVA (The Center for Emerging Visual Artists)