Matt Black Farmworker camp. Alpaugh, California. USA. 2013. © Matt Black | Magnum Photos

Both Matt Black and Antoine d’Agata use the photographic object as a tool to engage with the world. With their intimate relationship to the medium, both are able to visualise the complexities of reality through innovative and contemporary approaches.

Matt Black and Antoine d’Agata will be in conversation, discussing their photographic practice in a public event held in the Robert Capa Center in Budapest on September 29th at 7pm. As the closing event of a 5-day Magnum Workshop, the talk also features the public presentation of the workshop participants’ photography.

The talk will take place in English. The event is free and open to the public, and booking is not necessary.


Matt Black Birds. Tulare, California. USA. 2014. © Matt Black | Magnum Photos

Matt Black is from California’s Central Valley, an agricultural region in the heart of the state. His work has explored the connections between migration, poverty, agriculture, and the environment in his native rural California and in southern Mexico.

For his on-going project The Geography of Poverty, Matt Black travelled 48,000 miles across 44 States to photograph designated ‘poverty areas’ and highlight the growing gap between rich and poor. The work was presented as an interactive, digital package by MSNBC, with Black’s images geo-tagged to a map of the US. Matt Black was awarded the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Prize in 2015 for the project. He also received the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award in 2016 and was named Senior Fellow at the Emerson Collective.

Other recent works include The Dry Land, highlighting the impact of drought on California’s agricultural communities, and The Monster in the Mountains, focusing on the disappearance of 43 students in the southern Mexican state of Guerrero. Both of these projects, accompanied by short films, were published by The New Yorker.

Antoine d’ Agata Vilnius. Lithuania. 2004. © Antoine d’ Agata | Magnum Photos
Antoine d’ Agata Vilnius. Lithuania. 2004. © Antoine d’ Agata | Magnum Photos

Born in Marseilles, Antoine d’Agata left France in 1983 and remained overseas for the next ten years. Finding himself in New York in 1990, he pursued an interest in photography by taking courses at the International Center of Photography, where his teachers included Larry Clark and Nan Goldin.

For his first books of photographs, De Mala Muerte and Male Noche, d’Agata travelled the world to document characters of the night’s further edges: for sex workers, addicts, war-torn communities and homeless. The books were published in 1998.

In 2001, he published Hometown and won the Niépce Prize for young photographers. Compiling intimate and provocative images, the book focused on his travels in France and personal journey.

Traveling around the world, documenting his personal experiences and encounters, d’Agata continued to publish regularly: Vortex and Insomnia appeared in 2003, accompanying his exhibition 1001 Nuits, which opened in Paris in September; Stigma was published in 2004, and Manifeste in 2005.

Since 2005 Antoine d’Agata has had no settled place of residence but has worked around the world.

Antoine d’ Agata Hamburg, Germany. 1998. © Antoine d’ Agata | Magnum Photos
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