From the moment he first picked up a camera, Matthew Septimus began his profound and diligent photographic search for meaning by capturing the lives of the many dynamic people on the New York City streets he loves. The photos shown here open a window into the incredibly diverse subjects and exciting situations that have appeared in front of his lens. Matthew continues his joyous process of capturing momentary insights and emotional connections with his ever expanding portraits of life.

He lives in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn, with his wife, two children, dog, cat and the various birds he feeds in his backyard.

Client List

Cerami & Associates
Columbia Business School
Columbia University
D.E.Shaw Group
Doyle Partners
Empire Design Studio
Fashion Institute of Technology
Ideas On Purpose
International Center of Photography
International Culinary Center
J.P. Morgan
Johnson & Johnson
Lincoln Center Education
Martha Stewart Living
McKinsey & Company
Memorial Sloan Kettering
Mount Sinai Medical Center
New York Jets
New York Public Radio
New York University
Nightingale-Banford School
Opto Design
Pentagram Design
Sequel Studio
Success Charter Network
The Juilliard School
The New School University
The New York Times
The Related Companies
Thinkso Creative
Town & Country
Wall Street Journal


“If you give Matthew a subject—person, place, or thing, large or small, color or black and white—he will make a beautiful image out of it. It's easy to forget how complicated photography can be when Matthew is behind the camera.”

Michael Bierut
Pentagram, Partner

“I hate being photographed, but Matthew actually can make me smile and be myself. More importantly, he has beautifully captured the joy here at Nightingale so the natural light of our girls and faculty shines!”

Dorothy A. Hutcheson
The Nightingale-Bamford School,
Former Head of School

“It is my goal to have Mount Sinai graduates remake the image of the American physician. Matthew’s photography has captured the skill and passion of our faculty to train and inspire the next generation of physician-scientists in a bold, intuitive and compelling way.”

Dr. Dennis Charney
Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Dean