305 W 700 S
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
Responsibly and Skillfully Photographing the Southwest
The April meeting for the Salt Lake Photographic Print Society will be held in the Pictureline Studio on April 11th from 7:00 P.M.- 9:00 P.M. The Board will meet in the same place at 6:00 P.M. Park inside the enclosure and enter from the southwest door.
I picked up my first camera at about eight years old. It was my Dad’s. It didn’t have any film in it, but I would go around clicking the shutter and pretending I was taking spectacular pictures.
Growing up near the Grand Canyon was wonderful. Jacob Lake Inn (our family business) is only 44 miles from the North Rim. I used to look through the travel magazines we sell, magazines like Arizona Highways, and imagine what it would be like to take pictures like that. I took many photographs but mine never looked as good.
Finally, I met Rodger Newbold. He is the director of photography at the Salt Lake Art Center. Taking a year of classes from him brought me, finally, into the world of quality photography. We have formed a great friendship that has lasted over twenty years. Since then it has been trial and error, calling Rodger with questions, and reading every book I could get my hands on.
I received a B.S. degree from the University of Utah and a M.S. degree from the University of Missouri, both in Civil Engineering. After several years of working in the construction industry, I went back to work with my family near the Grand Canyon. Living so close to many national parks re-motivated me to explore and photograph the area around me. The encouragement of several family members got me to display and sell my work.
I continue to work hard on my skills. I look at pictures I took a year ago and see that today I know how to make them better. I have enjoyed so much having people talk to me about the joy my pictures have brought them. I feel deeply blessed that I live so close to such beauty.
My work is shown in the Sorella Gallery in Springdale, Utah and at Jacob Lake Inn, Arizona. My work may also be viewed on my website, and at Matt Rich Photography Facebook page.