He began is career at United Press International in the 1980′s, where he covered the White House, the Gulf War and the invasion of Panama. After serving as the Los Angeles bureau chief for UPI, Matt moved back to D.C. in 1992 and began shooting for USA Today. He became photo editor of the news desk there and later moved on to become director of photography at USA Weekend, a Sunday magazine with a weekly circulation of 30 million.
In 2001, Mendelsohn left USA Today to work on a family Holocaust project with his brother, writer Daniel Mendelsohn. The two traveled the world over a five year period looking for clues to the deaths of six family members in Poland in 1941. Daniel Mendelsohn’s book, The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million, went on to win the National Book Critics Circle Award for best memoir of 2006. Matt’s photographs from that project are currently on display at Le Memorial de la Shoah, the French Holocaust museum in Paris.
Matt is also known as one of the most exclusive wedding photographers in America.
When he’s not shooting, Matt spends his time writing. He’s written op-ed pieces for the New York Times, the Huffington Post and a cover story for the Washington Post Magazine.
He lives in Arlngton, Virginia with his wife Maya and their five-year-old daughter, Alexandra.