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The Dry Land

Matt Black captures the worst drought in Californian history

Matt Black

Matt Black Fallowed tomato fields. Corcoran, California, USA. 2014. © Matt Black | Magnum Photos
Matt Black Tomato harvest. Firebaugh, California, USA. 2014. © Matt Black | Magnum Photos
Matt Black Sheep in a denuded wheat field. Mendota, California, USA. 2014. © Matt Black | Magnum Photos
Matt Black A dead almond orchard. Los Banos, California, USA. 2014. © Matt Black | Magnum Photos
Matt Black A man whose well went dry. Farmersville, California, USA. 2014. © Matt Black | Magnum Photos
Matt Black A jobless man bathes in a bucket. Lanare, California, USA. 2014. © Matt Black | Magnum Photos
Matt Black Back yard of a jobless couple. Lanare, California, USA. 2014. © Matt Black | Magnum Photos
Matt Black A man downtown. Taft, California, USA. 2014. © Matt Black | Magnum Photos
Matt Black Bags of plums at a food giveaway. Lanare, California, USA. 2014. © Matt Black | Magnum Photos
Matt Black A man repairs his dry well. Stratford, California, USA. 2013. © Matt Black | Magnum Photos
Matt Black Children at home. Alpaugh, California, USA. 2013. © Matt Black | Magnum Photos
Matt Black Laundry room. Alpaugh, California, USA. 2014. © Matt Black | Magnum Photos
The deepest drought in California’s recorded history has fallowed hundreds of thousands of acres of farmland and increased unemployment in the state’s agricultural Central Valley.