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Matt is originally from New Jersey, USA. His father was an avid traveler, fisherman and amateur photographer and one of the main factors that led Matt into photography and the ocean.

Growing up at the beach Matt taught himself how to surf. A good friend of his ended up on a world surfing circuit and they teamed up to create an international surf/bodyboard video around the turn of the millennium. This project and its travels brought Matt to California, Mexico and to Hawaii in search of waves and kickstarted his journey in ocean visuals.

Professional photographer Matt Catalano using Outex housing for surf photography

From 2000-2004 Matt attended Wake Forest University and Lehigh University in pursuit of a BS in business. He graduated with honors and took employment as financial consultant in 2005 for a year before transitioning to remote role for the next 6 years into 2012. His flexible work situation allowed him to live anywhere in the world with access to the Internet and helped fund Matt’s passion for ocean and surf photography. Matt acted as an artist and part-time freelance photographer and chased surf in countries all over the globe during this period from shooting WQS and WCT events in Australia to working on non-profit projects in Peru.
Matt began shooting on 35mm film, Super8mm, and analog video in the late 90s and eventually moved into digital photography around 2004. He continues to shoot on all mediums and is currently focusing on cinematography and motion projects.
Underwater surfer photo by professional Matt Catalano using Outex housing system
Professional surf photographer Matt Catalano uses Outex waterproof system for cameras
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