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Paul Matzner Photography

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Paul Matzner is a photographer living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. His strength and passion is in street photography, where he interacts with people and their environment. Much of his work is done in New York City where he has gone almost every year from 2008 - 2018. His book Seeing You In New York will be published in 2020.

His series "Facing You/Facing Me" is a project started in 2014 and features close up faces of people he has stopped on the streets of Milwaukee, Chicago, New York City, and Los Angeles. Photographs from this series have been selected for exhibitions in numerous venues in the United States and in a solo show in 2018 in Minneapolis. A photograph from this series is also in the collection of the Racine Art Museum in Wisconsin.

Many of his images are licensed for publications, textbooks, and corporate websites through a stock photo agency. Magazines such as The New Yorker and National Geographic have used his work online to illustrate stories. Other companies have included Conde Nast Traveler, Huffington Post, VRBO, and the American Automobile Association.

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This is an ongoing project started in 2014 featuring photographs made in Milwaukee, Chicago, New York City, and Los Angeles.

We pass people on the street every day without making eye contact or even acknowledging their presence. We are connected to our music, our phones, our technology, but not necessarily to the people around us. I have chosen to share a momentary, public intimacy with those passersby so that I can gaze longer at their faces and value their humanity. We need each other in this world.