Based in Chiang Mai, Thailand
Matias Bercovich (b. 1995, Barcelona, Spain) is a documentary photographer and National Geographic Explorer whose work focuses on the intersection between environmental conservation, ethnic conflict, and cultural survival in Karen State, Myanmar. Born into a family line of photographers, Matias grew up surrounded by images and developed a passion for photography from an early age. Between 2013 and 2017, he delved into the formal study of visual storytelling through programs in Argentina and Spain and also by following his BA in Photography at the Royal Academy of Arts in The Netherlands
His work has been published in international media outlets such as Al Jazeera, Clarín, Photo District News (PDN) and Frontier Magazine among others. In 2020, he was nominated by the World Press Photo Foundation for the Joop Swart Masterclass and awarded by the National Geographic Society with an Exploration Grant. In parallel with his personal documentary work, Matias has a strong interest in education and since 2017 has been teaching aspiring photographers, visual journalists, and social activists through storytelling workshops in Spain and Myanmar, both independently and in collaboration with non-profit and community-based organizations.