Matías Altbach is a professional photographer and entrepreneur from Buenos Aires, Argentina.
After leaving his 9-to-5 job as a business administrator in a company he decided to pursue his passions: music and photography. He began shooting gigs at clubs, venues, parties and different events and, in no time, he was recognized in the music and night scene in Buenos Aires, and started to work as official photographer for some of the most iconic parties and live shows of the Latin American cultural mecca. Matías started his own projects and took part in several cooperative initiatives: from specialized magazines to a joint coverage of festivals in the South American capitals (Rio de Janeiro, Oruro, Buenos Aires, Montevideo), from being curator for the Photographic Museum of Humanity to taking part in the Financial Committee for the FECA (Self-managed Culture Festival).
Matías won the NME PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS in the Professional category in 2014 and was chosen among 7000 other contestants. He took this award as a sign and decided to move to Europe for the festival season. Since then he covered Primavera Sound (Barcelona), BST Hyde Park and Wireless (London), T in the Park (Scotland), Latitude (England), Sziget (Budapest), and Leeds (England). He also worked as part of the official staff photographers team at Melt Festival, Lollapalooza Berlin and Roskilde.
Many top artists have been shot under his lens: The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Radiohead, Rihanna, Coldplay, Blur, Florence and the Machine, Nicki Minaj y Red Hot Chilli Peppers, among others. His photos have been published in mass media worldwide (BBC News, The Guardian, Billboard, Daily Star, NME, MOJO, etc).
Matías also runs Positivo Negativo, an organization devoted to give resources to people interested in starting their own businesses and make a living of what they're passionate about through various seminars.
In 2017 he was selected -among other referents- as Minerva School´s Civic Partner. Minerva is an itinerant institution based in California that has 150 students from all over the world studying careers related to innovation, technology, art and business.
Throughout his career Matias has shot more than 500 gigs and massive events in Argentina and abroad, and he is currently the Photography Editor at Indie Hoy.