About

Matt Harris MA - Director of Photography based just outside London and shooting globally. Experienced for over 20 years from underwater to aerial and everything in between.

I began as an underwater photographer living and shooting in the Marshall Islands and in particular the remote atolls of Mili, Jaluit and Bikini.

My underwater photography work has been published by pretty much every dive magazine on the planet along with various adventure journals and books.

I also shot underwater video at this time on Hi 8 and Mini DV tapes but was always drawn to photography because at that time it was on real 35mm film and pro level video cameras were so limited and expensive. I did however shoot underwater footage for Channel 4 UK and Channel 5 Brazil amongst others.

Today I'm working and creating for TV, agencies, blue chips and corporates around the globe, currently as busy as ever creating all sorts of content for a wide range of clients in the UK and US from documentary to  branded content, commercial and music video.

Thru 2019 I shot and directed the feature documentary Rom Boys - www.romboys.film

My current kit list is here.

Experienced in taking on entire projects from concept thru delivery including post production and VFX work. I work with a regular team of experts from sound  / drone / Motion graphics and production.

I also hold a 5 year US "I" Visa for media work in the US and CAA Permission for Commercial Operations (PfCO) for aerial drone film work thru 2020.

Client List

Barclays, Bloomberg, Google, Channel 4, Channel 5, North One, Aston Martin, CMV,Just Eat, Spirent, Paypal, British Airways, Chase, EY, Contour Global, JLL, Colliers EMEA, Pro Sieben, Kennedys, O2....Plus Many More...

Projects shot for:

Plus many more...

Key skills

Self shooting, direction, underwater, aerial (drone) camera, extreme environments, editing, Adobe Premiere, After Effects, Audition, Cinema 4D, Davinci Resolve, Photoshop, storytelling, a keen eye for the unusual.

Some random facts

  • I'm a Yachtmaster, BNUC-S Qualified drone pilot, PADI Master SCUBA Diver Trainer and IANTD Technical Diver Supervisor
  • I have an MA from Ravensbourne in Interactive Digital Media
  • I've worked as a treasure hunter in the Bahamas
  • I've swum from Alcatraz Island (in under 30 minutes)
  • I've been held at gunpoint in Cuba and Italy (un-related!)
  • I've surfed in Central America, skydived in Vegas and been robbed in New York
  • I found a WWII plane for the US National Park Service
  • I've worked as re-breather test diver for Dräger off the remote islands of Madagascar
  • I was a member of the dive team who conducted the first technical dives at Bikini Atoll
  • I've skippered a yacht around Cape Fear in a force 9 gale
  • I completed Ironman Austria in 2012, where it hit 42C on the Marathon, in under 13 hours.
  • I've run the London Marathon twice (and a 50 mile ultramarathon once...NEVER again!)
  • I've spearfished in a great white shark hunting ground off the San Benitos Islands (and had no idea at the time!)
  • I've owned more wetsuits than business suits
  • I have a separated shoulder from downhill mountain biking and nagging fractured shoulder from skateboarding.
  • I'm a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society & The Explorers Club and a board director of The Explorers Museum