Singers always say how much it means to them when a crowd will sing all the words of a song back to the artist. I guess when you're a photographer with your pictures made into USPS stamps, you would get the same feeling if you went to open your mail and the sender used a stamp on the letter that was actually your own artwork.

This is pretty cool and it has a local connection. A MONTANA RIGHT NOW article has the story of a photographer that grew up in Missoula, has gone on to be a successful theater and dance photographer in New York City, and earlier this summer had a series of USPS stamps based off his work.

I looked up some details on Matthew Murphy and he's recognized as one of Broadway's leading photographers. That would be Broadway, as in the theater, not Broadway the road that runs through Missoula. Matthew is the man behind Murphy Made Photography and he really does have some great pictures on his website. He's photographed shows including "Les Miserables," "The Phantom of the Opera," and more. And he's had work featured in The New York Times, Fanity Fair, The New York Post, and more. Not too shabby when you start looking at some of the names on that list.

Matthew's work has been seen on billboards around New York City - and now it can be found in your mailbox. He was approached by the United States Postal Service about lending his work to a stamp collection. As the article states, "These stamps celebrate American tap dancing, the diversity in its community and its contribution to the dance world."

The stamps were released at the end of July. So the next time you're at the post office you can grab a sheet of Matthew's stamps. How fitting to mail them around Missoula and celebrate a Missoula-grown photographer!

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