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The Face of the Mountain

Matt Black's photo essay captures the daily life of the dwindling Mixtec population of San Miguel Cuevas, Mexico

Matt Black

Matt Black Fog drifts through deserted streets. San Miguel Cuevas, Oaxaca, Mexico. 2000. © Matt Black | Magnum Photos
Matt Black Surveying a field after burning. San Miguel Cuevas, Oaxaca, Mexico. 2000. © Matt Black | Magnum Photos
Matt Black An elderly woman harvests corn. San Miguel Cuevas, Oaxaca, Mexico. 2006. © Matt Black | Magnum Photos
Matt Black A man returns home from his remote cornfield. San Miguel Cuevas, Oaxaca, Mexico. 2007. © Matt Black | Magnum Photos
Matt Black Awaiting the start of a burial at the cemetery. San Miguel Cuevas, Oaxaca, Mexico. 2000. © Matt Black | Magnum Photos
Matt Black Saint's Day celebration. San Miguel Cuevas, Oaxaca, Mexico. 2006. © Matt Black | Magnum Photos
Matt Black Farmers till a cornfield. San Miguel Cuevas, Oaxaca, Mexico. 2000. © Matt Black | Magnum Photos
Matt Black A farmer works with his plow team. San Miguel Cuevas, Oaxaca, Mexico. 2006. © Matt Black | Magnum Photos
Matt Black A girl harvests corn with her grandmother. San Miguel Cuevas, Oaxaca, Mexico. 2006. © Matt Black | Magnum Photos
Matt Black A girl works at her family's farmhouse. San Miguel Cuevas, Oaxaca, Mexico. 2006. © Matt Black | Magnum Photos
Matt Black Sisters empty their family's corncrib. San Miguel Cuevas, Oaxaca, Mexico. 2008. © Matt Black | Magnum Photos
Matt Black A woman cooks in the kitchen of her home. San Miguel Cuevas, Oaxaca, Mexico. 2006. © Matt Black | Magnum Photos
San Miguel Cuevas is an indigenous Mixtec community in the highlands of Oaxaca, Mexico. They have lost eighty percent of their population to migration.