My passion is to make images of people just being themselves, relating to each other or their environment. A writer once called Henri Cartier-Bresson’s work “the poetry of human encounters on the street.” That’s a beautiful description that serves as my inspiration. Life is full of discovery and I try to make that happen with my camera.

Father, husband, dog owner, photographer, music lover, ... I grew up and have lived in the greater Milwaukee, Wisconsin area all my life. Travels have taken me to New Zealand, Fiji, Ecuador, most of western Europe, the Dominican Republic and 48 states of the USA. Music and photography have been lifelong passions ever since taking classical piano lessons from 2nd-7th grade, and getting a Kodak Brownie camera as a present when I was about 6.

My stock images have been licensed by such publications as Time-Life Books, National Geographic, The New Yorker, Huffington Post, Travel & Leisure, American Way, The Guardian, NY Daily News, and AOL online. 

All images are available for licensing for magazines, greeting cards, books, etc. Please contact Paul Matzner at paul@paulmatzner.com