Matthew W. Kent was born and raised in San Francisco, California, and is a graduate of Lincoln High School (1991), and San Francisco State University (1997), with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.
During his childhood in the early 1980’s, Kent with his father in tow, spent his summer vacations exploring fortifications and their elements at Fort Winfield Scott and various surrounding forts in and around San Francisco. All the while, Kent was taking color photographs of the sites he encountered with a Kodak X-15 Instamatic Camera.
In 2007, Kent decided to share his love of fortifications and soon began work on writing a field guide on the Harbor Defenses of San Francisco and its various elements built from 1890 through 1950. In 2011, Kent decided to completely update his original work with new and upupdated material, as well as correcting a number of errors and omissions found in the first edition. This field guide is his second book.