About Mattie

Matilde Simas is a freelance visual storyteller, whose photography straddles the line between fine art and documentary work. Matilde received a BA in Liberal Arts and Science from Suffolk University, attended the Rhode Island School of Design to study digital photography and is currently studying Social Justice at Harvard University.

Partnering with non-profit organizations, Simas has traveled to over 40 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 in Kenya. 

Simas was awarded the 2017 Lucie Foundation International Photography Award under the category of Social Event.  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. 

Simas is currently exhibiting in the Arts to End Slavery Exhibition in Nairobi, Kenya. Arts to End Slavery (A2ES) is an awareness raising art project that aims to bring attention to human trafficking in Kenya. It was developed and launched in 2015 by a Nairobi based NGO, Awareness Against Human Trafficking (HAART) The A2ES exhibition.


2017 International Photographer Award Lucie Foundation Social Event

2017 Black and White Magazine Portfolio Award Winner

2017 14th Annual Smithsonian Photo Competition Finalist

2017 Social Documentary Network Spotlight Feature

2015  Black and White Magazine Portfolio Award Winner