Matilde Simas is a freelance visual storyteller, whose photography straddles the line between fine art and documentary work. She received a BA in Liberal Arts and Science from Suffolk University and studied digital photographyat the Rhode Island School of Design. Simas is currently enrolled in the Social Justice program at Harvard University.
Partnering with non-profit organizations, Simas has traveled to over 50 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.
Simas was awarded the 2017 Lucie Foundation International Photography Award under the category of Social Cause. She was also one of the recipients of the 2017 Black and White Portfolio Award. Her fine art prints are included in numerous private and corporate collections, including the African Union, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and the International Organization for Migration (UN Migration). 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; Big Life Kenya; HAART Kenya.