Matt McClain

Washington, D.C.


Education: Indiana University, BA in Journalism

Matt McClain is a staff photojournalist at The Washington Post. Before joining The Post, he was a staff photographer at the Ventura County Star in Ventura, Calif., and the Rocky Mountain News in Denver. During his time as a photographer, McClain has covered a wide-range assignments, including President Ronald Reagan's funeral, the 2004 Asian tsunami, the 2008 Democratic National Convention, two presidential inaugurations and most recently the earthquake in Nepal. His work has been recognized by World Press Photo, Pictures of the Year International, NPPA Best of Photojournalism, Atlanta Photo
Latest from Matt McClain

The race for Virginia governor, a microcosm for issues facing voters nationally

Every four years, Virginia’s gubernatorial race is the political equivalent of a crystal ball; the issues defining the campaign often revealing what will preoccupy Americans as the midterm elections loom 12 months later.

October 29, 2021

Post photographer Matt McClain on the trail of Edgar Allan Poe

The Post's Matt McClain went looking for traces of Edgar Allan Poe in Baltimore on the cusp of Halloween.

October 27, 2021

This Post photographer went searching for urban legends in the DMV. Some of them are truly unsettling.

Post photographer Matt McClain takes us on a journey through some of the area's urban legends.

October 30, 2020

Come on in, the water’s fine.

Photographer Matt McClain went looking for spots where people could escape the heat and humidity — and hustle and bustle — of D.C.

August 19, 2020

This photographer shows how the covid-19 pandemic has changed life in one Virginia neighborhood

The Post's Matt McClain shows us how life has changed in his neighborhood during the pandemic.

May 11, 2020

50 town halls, 3 weeks, 1 outfit: Pete Buttigieg’s race to the top

Former South Bend, Ind., mayor Pete Buttigieg hustled around Iowa before the caucuses, holding more than 50 town halls in a frantic three-week period. Buttigieg wore the same outfit every day during his final Iowa push — a white shirt, blue tie and navy blue pants. Occasionally, he added a blazer.

February 7, 2020

    E-cigarettes and cannabis are hurting Virginia’s tobacco farmers

    Cigarette tobacco sales are on the decline, and farmers are feeling the pinch.

    October 4, 2019

    These men gather in backyards to settle scores — and reduce gun violence — by pummeling one another

    Post photographer Matt McClain captures a backyard fight club.

    September 30, 2019

      See the view from the newly reopened Washington Monument

      Plagued for years by earthquakes and broken elevators, the Washington Monument reopened Thursday – hopefully for good.

      September 19, 2019