35mm black and white negative

My Journey

My love and fascination with photography started at Johnston High School when I agitated an 8x10 print in developer revealing the magic of the dark room. As I looked for outlets for my passion I found the school newspaper and yearbook a very welcoming fit as well as freelancing for local papers. 

Matthew Putney covering Air Force One


I have spent the last 15 years working at the Waterloo Courier (Lee Enterprise newspaper) as a staff photojournalist and photo editor. In 2006 I graduated from Hawkeye Community College with an Associate of Applied Arts degree in Professional Photography.

Matthew Putney

Back to Des Moines

With the endless opportunities the metro provides as well as my family ties, I have moved to Des Moines to continue my photography business. I’m currently employed in sales at Christian Photo. I have a few more new adventures in the works so follow me on Twitter.