The Viewfinder Center is managed and directed by American photographer Matt Anderson and his wife Dagmar. Matt is responsible for course development, organizing workshops and teaching a number of Viewfinder’s photography courses and workshops.
Living in Switzerland since 2008, Matt’s photography career began while studying journalism in the USA. He worked as a newspaper photographer at three different daily newspapers and freelanced regularly for the Associated Press Seattle Bureau. Matt’s photographic strength is event and people photography, a reflection of his time spent working as a press photographer. He’s excited by new photographic challenges that push him out of his comfort zone.
Matt’s three passions (in equal proportion) are: exploring new places – both near and far, creating impactful, story-telling photography, and thirdly – helping other photographers have great educational experiences out in the field. When Matt’s not out shooting or teaching at Viewfinder, he can be found planning the next big trip.
Education and Experience:
Bachelor of Arts – Western Washington University (Bellingham, WA) 2002.
Photojournalist at Skagit Valley Herald, Bellingham Herald & Eugene Register-Guard 1999–2004
Associated Press – Freelance Photographer (Seattle Bureau) 2000–2004.
Mountain Guide, American Alpine Institute (Alaska, Washington, California, Nevada & British Columbia) 2004–2006.
Master’s in Teaching – City University of Seattle (Seattle, WA) 2008.
High-end wedding, commercial and editorial projects (in Switzerland) since 2008.