“The camera is the least important element in photography.” - Julius Shulman

My name is Matailong Du (Duma), a news and documentary photographer with a drive for expression based in Washington, D.C. 

Whether it’s a Rabbi praying at the Western Wall, or a couple admiring Times Square, the human condition presents itself in many ways; my love of finding importance in everyday is why I pursue documentary-style photography. The medium of photography can capture those moments and give voice to otherwise unnoticed significance.

Searching for that significance has helped me contribute to the important work of The Washington PostNPRABC NewsCatholic News Agency, National Portrait Gallery and the D.C. based think-tank, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).

Currently, I am a master’s student studying New Media Photojournalism at George Washington University’s Corcoran School of the Arts and Design.