442 Matt Bender


I grew up outside of Philadelphia in Amish Country, and college brought me into the city.  I went to a small art school on the outskirts of Philly, where I studied photography.  This is a Wein safe-sync, a piece of photographic equipment that I received on my first day of classes.

It sits on the hot shoe of a camera, and regulates the voltage of strobe lighting that is plugged directly into the camera.  It acts as a surge protector, essentially.  If there is a problem with the lighting, and there’s a surge, the safe-sync will be fried instead of the camera itself.

I still work in the city as a photographer.  Photography brought me to Philadelphia, and so I find it fitting to contribute a piece of my photographic history to this project.