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Greg Mathieson is as comfortable working in war zones as he is at the White House. For more than 27 years, he has chronicled the epic lives of our heroic men and women in uniform, our star crossed national celebrities and the media focused often chaotic lives of those who make the decisions on American policy.
Born and raised in Glen Cove, Long Island, this 11 year U.S. Army veteran's stellar reputation has allowed him to repeatedly cross the line working for hard news organizations as well as the Federal government with equal objectivity. From intimate portraits of the famous to the private lives of the powerful, rich and infamous
Few photographers working today have covered as many traumatic current events, political watersheds, cultural and historical milestones as Mathieson. Since establishing his agency, MAI Photo News Agency in 1981, Mathieson has been called on by such agencies as the U.S. Secret Service, FEMA, The US Justice Department and the military services to create images that capture the core values of those agencies in service to the American people. His editorial images have appeared on the covers of Life, Time, Newsweek, US News and World Report, The New York Times, Paris Match and thousands more around the globe; in 64 countries.
And Mathieson is not only well known in the corridors of political power and the halls of the Pentagon. This veteran of the Vietnam era has used his deep knowledge of the American military during exploits, from the jungles of Panama and Honduras, to the ocean seas, to the Korean DMZ and the Wars in the Persian Gulf, including Desert Storm and the invasion of Iraq. He is highly experienced on the front lines having spent 15 years going in and out of Iraq, for months a time, depicting the difficult struggle of the Kurdish and Iraqi people. He lived with the Contra Rebels on the jungle boarders of Nicaragua fighting the Sandinista and was the first into Kuwait City, recording the first US Marines entering the city, pushing out the Iraqi Army during Desert Storm and on the snow covered shores of the Sava River as first U.S. M1 tanks crossed into Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Those dangerous and hardship experiences reached a zenith when Greg Mathieson was selected as the videographer by NBC News to sneak into Iraq two months before the 2003 war as one of a five member covert team traveling across the snow covered mountains of Iran into the future war zone. Working unilaterally and not embedded with US troops like other media, his team was the first to reach Saddam's Palace in Tikrit, prior to the US forces arriving. His video has appeared on both NBC and ABC News networks. He is so trusted by his clients, many of whom are Kings, Queens, Prime Ministers, heads of state, corporate chieftains and government agencies that he is routinely privy to critical briefings; he is instantly a member of the team.
During the past 22 years, Mathieson has never given in on his efforts to create the ultimate photo book chronicling the activities of the U.S. Navy SEALs and the closed community of Naval Special Warfare in which they live. Now for the first time much of that veil will be lifted for a sneak peak at America's greatest secret warriors and the people that support them.