Matthew Cicanese (sick-uh-neez) is a deaf-blind National Geographic Explorer and Emerging League Photographer with the iLCP (International League of Conservation Photographers). His work is centered around macro subjects that are latent in the world and often overlooked. He explores the intersection of art, science, conservation, and cultures through documentary mediums and narratives that illuminate his subjects in meaningful and engaging ways.
With a Bachelor’s degree in environmental studies and a MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts from Duke University, Matthew’s work merges the seemingly-dichotomous worlds of science, emotion, art, and exploration. In 2015, Matthew was named a finalist for the Environmental Photographer of the Year Awards and his work was featured internationally through media outlets including BBC Earth, New Scientist Magazine, and the Royal Geographical Society’s Gallery Exhibition in London (among others). His work has taken him across the US, Italy, Iceland, Sri Lanka, British Columbia, Ecuador, and more. Matthew’s goal as a conservationist and documentarian is to produce imagery and narratives that illuminate, illustrate, educate, and inspire people around the world. He collaborates with Canon USA in his professional endeavors including expeditions, workshops, speaking engagements, and more.