Hey ya'll

I'm Matt and I grew up in the suburbs of Image City, Rochester, NY. I graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology with a bachelor's degree in photographic illustration where I studied photojournalism

As a photojournalist, I am drawn to moments and stories that are full of life and the qualities that define the human condition and I strive to make work that reflects that. For me, making images is an experience that is characterized by emotion and I want my images to engage the emotions and senses of the viewer. 

My work has appeared in USA TODAY, Associated Press, Getty Images, NPR, the Washington Post and the New York Times. 

I am currently the college staff photographer for SUNY Geneseo in beautiful Livingston County but am still available for freelance assignments and eager to make storytelling images for you. Drop me a line or give me a call and let's make some work together. 

Contact me at: m.burkhartt@gmail.com

585-236-0844


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Education & Training            

Rochester Institute of Technology, College of Imaging Arts and Sciences

Graduated with BFA in Photojournalism (May 2014)

Eddie Adams Workshop, Class of XXVII

Intensive workshop in Jeffersonville NY (October 2014)

New York Film Academy, New York City, NY

One year certificate program in filmmaking (June 2007)

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

SUNY Geneseo College Photographer

Geneseo, NY, June 2022 - Present

I fulfill requests for photo coverage for events, sports, headshots, images for news center stories, promotional materials, as well as maintain the database of images. 

Studio Assistant to Joshua Rashaad McFadden (Part-time)

Rochester, NY, March 2022 – June 2022

Completed administrative tasks related to his work including maintaining his calendar, monitoring his email, responding to interview requests, assignment inquiries, building spreadsheets as well as assisting him on assignments and other related events. 

Staff Photographer/Videographer

Greenville News, Greenville, SC, March 2019 – July 2021

Photographed daily assignments including portraits, sports, food, event coverage, producing a variety of videos as well as occasionally writing short feature stories. I participated in several investigative projects with teams on which we collaborated, working with our direct managers and top editors. On a weekly basis I worked with the rest of the photo staff to plan and schedule our assignments and various upcoming projects.   

Staff Photographer/Videographer

Asheville Citizen Times Newspaper, Asheville, NC, August 2017 – January 2019

Photographed daily assignments including portraits, sports, food, event coverage, producing short videos as well as occasionally writing short feature stories. For part of my time here, the other staff photographers and myself were expected to produce a Saturday feature which included photographs as well as a short story. The paper’s Instagram account was also managed by the photo staff. The staff was responsible for scheduling most of our own assignments on a weekly basis.

Staff Photographer/Videographer

Greenfield Recorder Newspaper, Greenfield, MA, April 2015 – June 2017

Photographed daily assignments including portraits, sports, food, event coverage, producing short videos as well as occasionally writing short feature stories. I was responsible for generating many self-assigned projects and assignments during slow periods. I also managed our Instagram account.

Photo Intern

Daily Hampshire Gazette Newspaper, Northampton, MA, January 2015 – April 2015

Photographed daily assignments including portraits, sports, event coverage and producing short videos