About Mattie

Matilde Simas 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 attended the Rhode Island School of Design to study digital photography.   

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 African wildlife stories, such as attempts to save Kenya’s last remaining Big Tuskers from extinction and documenting the lives of African rangers protecting wildlife.  

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, including the Boston Children’s Hospital International Gallery displayed in Boston and Waltham, MA. Though the majority of her photos appear in humanitarian organization collateral, her images have appeared in publications 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 Art to End Slavery Exhibition in Nairobi, Kenya and 


2017 Black and White Magazine Portfolio Award Winner

2017 Smithsonian Magazine March 15th Photo of the Day

2017 14th Annual Smithsonian Photo Competition Finalist

2015  Black and White Magazine Portfolio Merit Award

2015 Photographers Without Borders Photography Competition Finalist