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Why photojournalism?

"Being able to document a community through victory and tragedy is a great responsibility. People share a small fraction of their life experience with you and in a split second you must capture those moments that do their story justice."     

Matt Lunsford was born in Louisville, Kentucky and grew up in Kettering, Ohio. Matt attended Kettering-Fairmont High School where he was a trumpet player in the marching and pep bands while studying Information Technology.

After graduation, Matt spent several years working in factories and warehouses before working as a photo lab technician and lab manager of a one hour photo lab at Walgreens. The experiences with customers and their photos drove him to purchase his first film camera.

That first camera sparked Matt's creativity and curiosity. Not long after, he attended Sinclair Community College to earn an Associate's degree in Fine Arts with a concentration in Photography. He also earned a Photography Technology Certificate.


Still not satisfied, Matt then pursued and earned a Bachelor's of Art in photojournalism from Western Kentucky University.

In August of 2018, he joined the staff of the Manhattan Mercury in Northeast Kansas where he is the chief photographer covering Kansas State University, U.S. Army Fort Riley and the surrounding area. Matt enjoys covering sports and spot news. 

In his spare time, Matt enjoys nature, hiking, watching or going to NASCAR races, and creating sculptures out of found object metals.

Matt's work is primarily focused in newspapers and wire services around the country with a focus on the Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana region.

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