For more than 20 years, Matt Mahurin has worked as an illustrator, photographer, film director, and teacher. His political and social illustrations have appeared in publications such as Newsweek, Mother Jones, Esquire, and The London Observer. He has created more than 40 TIME magazine covers and regularly contributes political drawings to the Op-Ed pages of the Sunday Los Angeles Times and The New York Times.
A selection of Mahurin's photographs is found in the permanent collection of New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, and as well in a number of photographic essays that have focused on topics such as the homeless, people with AIDS, the Texas prison system, and the countries of Nicaragua, Haiti, Japan, and France. He has published three books of personal fine art photographs.
Mahurin's film Mugshot—he wrote and directed it—was chosen best film at the 1996 Hamptons International Film Festival. He also has to his credit a documentary, I Like Killing Flies, and other feature films such as Feel. In demand as a director of music videos, Mahurin has worked for musicians and bands such as Peter Gabriel, Pearl Jam, Ice-T, Metallica, and Joni Mitchell.
Born in Los Angeles, California, today Mahurin lives in Northport, New York, and works out of a studio in the city. His January 1998 Rolling Stone cover image of Marilyn Manson won the Alfred Eisenstaedt Cover of the Year award; his work has been acknowledged with gold and silver medals from the Society of Illustrators as well as the Eastman Kodak Award for Lifetime Achievement.
His first project for the U.S. Postal Service® was the 2008 Alzheimer's Awareness stamp; that stamp image will be reversed to face right on the 2017 Alzheimer’s semipostal.