Matter studied painting at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Geneva and
at the Academie Moderne in Paris with Fernand Leger and Ozenfant.
He worked with A. M. Cassandre, Le Corbusier and Deberney & Peignot.
He returned to Zurich in 1932 and designed posters for the Swiss National
Tourist Office and Swiss resorts. He came to the US in 1936 and freelanced
with Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue and other magazines. From 1946 to 1966
he was design consultant with Knoll Associates. From 1952 to 1976
he was professor of photography at Yale University and from 1958 to
1968 he served as design consultant to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
in New York and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. He was elected
to the New York Art Director's Club Hall of Fame in 1977, received
a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in photography in 1980 and the
AIGA medal in 1983.
February- March 1938