Growing up in Israel, Matan was attracted to cameras since he was twelve. From Simple film to advanced DSLR cameras, Matan realized that documenting life was essential to his emotional development. His passion for the aesthetic visual came as no surprise after he found himself practicing gymnastics for ten years, dancing ballet for two more, and seeing the world as a soldier for another eight. Through the different disciplines Matan immersed himself in, he recalls not only emphasizing how important capturing moments that will never reoccur is, but the importance of capturing them from the his emotional angle.

Matan recently graduated from Columbia University, majoring in Philosophy and Linguistics. Although Matan never studied photography, his pictures were sold after he started using his first DSLR while he was a soldier. Self taught, he was mesmerized by the sun and the way its light impacts our planet.

XiMT stands for Cross Interpretation Matan Tzinamon, and it is Matan’s true belief that cultivating open mindedness and true appreciation of life can be achieved through photography: for any given event in life, there can and should be numerous interpretations. As we witness life mainly through our eyes, it is Matan’s main goal to touch the viewer’s soul as he manipulates light, texture, colors and shapes.

In Arabic and Hebrew, the word for eye is “ein” – in both cultures “ein” also means a spring, of water; but in this context - of the soul. The amount of visual information we welcome voluntarily or not into our emotional system is immense. To Matan, it is crucial that to the already existing visual memory, we add information that will enhance, sooth, sharpen and balance the way we travel in this reality.

Matan uses his passion for photographic art to crop the fine captions of life, and lure his surroundings to experience life the way he witnesses it. By providing his personal interpretation to his photographs, Matan aims to unleash the inner, sensitive child in us. And feel.


Matan Tzinamon | XiMT photography ©