Matthew Barrick began his photographic career as most persons with an interest and passion for an art form do, he was given a gift of a camera with no idea how to use it. However, while earning his B.A. Degree in Art and Journalism at Radford University, he became the assistant university photographer. At that point, a career was born. In 1990 Barrick was appointed as the university photographer at The Catholic University of America (CUA). In 1995 he began teaching at CUA in the Department of Art as an adjunct faculty member. In 1997, Barrick became the National Photographer for the National Association for Home Care and Hospice. During his fifteen year tenure, he traveled the country documenting the lives of various individuals and their stories as it related to healthcare and hospice. In 2015, Barrick began teaching digital art and photography as well at Saint John Paul the Great Catholic High School where his daughters attended.
For over 30 years Matthew Barrick has owned and operated his photography business, Barrick Photography, and has traveled extensively covering major news events, editorial assignments and began one of the first national independent stock photography sources for healthcare images. He has photographed over 160 magazine covers. Barrick has been the major photographic contributor of four national books and is a member of the White House News Photographers Association and the U.S. Senate Press Gallery. He has also been a member of ASMP, NAPP and PPA. Barrick has photographed U.S. Presidents, including Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, George H.W. Bush, Jimmy Carter, Barack Obama, Donald Trump and Joseph Biden. He has also photographed many foreign dignitaries as well as Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis during their visits to the U.S. However, his greatest joys are his three daughters and his wife, to whom he is eternally grateful for being his strongest supporters in life.