Matilde Simas is a freelance visual storyteller, whose photography straddles the line between fine art and documentary work. Matilde received a BA in Liberal Arts and Science from Suffolk University, attended the Rhode Island School of Design to study digital photography and is currently studying Social Justice at Harvard University.
Partnering with non-profit organizations, Simas has traveled to over 40 countries, bearing witness to the enduring power of the human spirit. Simas is passionate about how photography can be used for social change, how it is essential to storytelling, and enables social change groups and organizations to demonstrate the impact of their projects. Recently she has turned her lens to compelling human trafficking stories and documenting the recovery process of human trafficking survivors in Kenya.
Based in Boston, Massachusetts, Simas exhibits her work regularly in solo shows, and her fine art prints are included in numerous private and corporate collections. Though the majority of her photos appear in humanitarian organization collateral, her images have appeared in publications such as The Guardian, Black & White Magazine and Professional Photographers Magazine. Her client roster includes, among others, Genesis Fund Boston, MA; Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress, Boston, MA; Foundation for Puerto Rico, PR; Big Life, Kenya; HAART Kenya.
Simas is currently exhibiting in the Arts to End Slavery Exhibition in Nairobi, Kenya. Arts to End Slavery (A2ES) is an awareness raising art project that aims to bring attention to human trafficking in Kenya. It was developed and launched in 2015 by a Nairobi based NGO, Awareness Against Human Trafficking (HAART) The A2ES exhibition.
2017 International Photographer Award Lucie Foundation Social Event
2017 Black and White Magazine Portfolio Award Winner