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Past Exhibition

Matt Black’s “Geography of Poverty” in Paris

A selection of works from the American photographer’s epic documentation of poverty across the U.S. goes on show

Matt Black

Matt Black Riders. Ziebach County, South Dakota, USA. 2016. © Matt Black | Magnum Photos
Matt Black A farmer checks his sprinklers. Sylvester, Georgia. USA. 2017. © Matt Black | Magnum Photos
Matt Black Downtown. Columbus, North Dakota, USA. 2017. © Matt Black | Magnum Photos
Matt Black Pasture. White Earth, North Dakota, USA. 2017. © Matt Black | Magnum Photos
Matt Black A woman in her kitchen. Rome, Mississippi, USA. 2017. © Matt Black | Magnum Photos
Matt Black Snowfall outside a shuttered K-Mart. Flint, Michigan, USA. 2016. © Matt Black | Magnum Photos
Matt Black Burning tires. Corcoran, California, USA. 2014. © Matt Black | Magnum Photos
Matt Black Abandoned farm house. Near Boise City, Oklahoma, USA 2017. © Matt Black | Magnum Photos
Matt Black Cattle auction. Alturas, California, USA. 2016. © Matt Black | Magnum Photos
Matt Black Downtown. Fort Gaines, Georgia, USA. 2017. © Matt Black | Magnum Photos
Matt Black Snowstorm. Madawaska, Maine, USA. 2019. © Matt Black | Magnum Photos
Matt Black Fence post. Allensworth, California, USA. 2014. © Matt Black | Magnum Photos
Matt Black Ice crack in a frozen river. Bangor, Maine, USA. 2016. © Matt Black | Magnum Photos
Matt Black Downtown. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. 2016. © Matt Black | Magnum Photos

Five years in the making, photographer Matt Black’s ‘The Geography of Poverty’ traces poor places in the United States. Black has traveled over 100,000 miles across 46 states, documenting hundreds of communities of “concentrated poverty,” where more than one in five are poor.

To be poor in America is to live under the shadow of the American Dream and with the stigma of personal failure. Yet there are 40 million people living in poverty in the US — more people than in California, bigger than Florida and New York combined. As wealth inequality and social divisions deepen across the country, The Geography of Poverty takes a close look at what America is now.

This exhibition is the first presentation of the project in Europe. A selection of more than 20 prints, many of them in large format, offers a panorama of the five cross-country trips made since 2014. An updated map, made by photographer, will demonstrate the scale of the project.

Location
Magnum Gallery
19 Rue Hégésippe Moreau
75018 Paris

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