Saint Matthew’s Cathedral

Learn how to photograph church interiors and stained glass windows

Quick Details

This Safari is offered through Capital Photography Center.

Dedicated in 1913, the Cathedral of Saint Matthew the Apostle (which honors the patron saint of civil servants) plays a major role in the Catholic life of the nation’s capital. It is the seat of the Archbishop of Washington, Pope John Paul II celebrated Mass here in 1979, and President John F. Kennedy’s funeral was celebrated here on November 25, 1963.

Designed by New York architect C. Grant La Farge, the Cathedral has been cited as having “one of the most beautiful church interiors of modern times.” Its walls are laden with shimmering mosaics suggestive of those found on in the renowned churches of Ravenna, Italy.

With special permission from the Cathedral staff, we are pleased to offer an exclusive Photo Safari that takes you inside the spectacular St.Matthew’s Cathedral, teaching you how to photograph church interiors without flash, capturing the architectural beauty of a Cathedral laid out in the form of a 155’ x 136’ Latin cross, with the interior rising 190’, and how to photograph its stained glass windows.

This Safari is taught by architectural photographer E. David Luria, who will make his 28mm F3.5 shift lens and his 10mm fisheye lens available to Nikon camera users.

A sturdy tripod is essential for this Safari as we will be shooting indoors in lower light.

What People Are Saying About David

“David, I can’t tell you how much I appreciate the time and concern you have for your students. You were born to teach!”

“The Safaris in DC are worth every penny and I would highly recommend them to others. Even though I live and work in DC, David showed me a whole new way to see and photograph the monuments that I walk past everyday. I got some great photos that I’m thrilled with! I’ll be looking for more Safaris to take soon.”

  • Chevron down What to Bring
    • Camera
    •  Lenses
    •  Extra memory cards
    •  Extra charged battery
    • Tripod
    •  Accessories such as filters, remote release
    • Weather appropriate clothing
  • Chevron down Where to Meet
  • 1725 Rhode Island Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20036

  • Chevron down Your Instructor
  • E. David Luria is a commercial photographer based in Washington DC specializing in architecture, editorial, event, food, art/still life and landmark photography.

    A member of the American Society of Media Photographers and the Society of Photographic Educators, he has had his images of the National Capital Area appear in over 100 national and local publications and on calendars of the US Capitol Historical Society.

    David is also founder and director of the Washington Photo Safari, which has trained 36,000 amateur photographers – an average of 5 people every day, 365 days a year, since it was founded in 1999. Trained in Paris by a protégé of Henri Cartier-Bresson, Mr. Luria is a member of the American Society of Media Photographers and the Society of Photographic Educators and has had his images of DC appear in over 100 publications, calendars, and postcards and on 30 magazine covers.