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Fine art photographer Janet Matthews received bachelor degrees in Studio Art and later Art Education from the University of Maryland. A mid-life career shift to teaching high school art reintroduced her to the practice of photography. In order to teach photography she needed to relearn it, and in the process discovered an affinity to using photography as way of making images. Her background in drawing and painting has influenced her approach to photography, as she prefers to incorporate hands-on methods into her work. She is currently working with 19th century processes as well as digital ones, and enjoys using toy cameras.