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"The work of a photographer is to reveal hidden things "

- Matt Black

b. 1970


Based in Santa Maria, USA


Available for commissions
& assignments

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.

He has photographed over one hundred communities across 44 U.S. states for his project The Geography of Poverty.  Other recent works include The Dry Land, about the impact of drought on California’s agricultural communities, and The Monster in the Mountains, about 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.

He received the W. Eugene Smith Award in 2015.  In 2016, he received the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award and was named a Senior Fellow at the Emerson Collective.  His work has also been honored by the Magnum Foundation Emergency Fund, the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, the Center for Cultural Innovation, and others.   He lives in Exeter, a small town in California’s Central Valley.

Matt became a Magnum nominee in 2015.

Selected works


The Dry Land

Matt Black

Matt Black captures the worst drought in Californian history

Open story

From the Magnum Shop

Most Recent

Upcoming Artist Talk
London, United Kingdom

Magnum Photos Now: The Journey

Magnum Photographers
Oct 2

Current Workshop
Budapest, Hungary

Magnum Workshops in Budapest

Magnum Photographers
Sep 25 - 29

Past Square Print Sale


Magnum Photographers
Jun 5 - 9

Past Exhibition
London, United Kingdom

David Hurn’s Swaps

Magnum Photographers
Until May 21

Past Exhibition
San Francisco, USA

Photo San Francisco 2017

Magnum Photographers
Until Jan 29

Past Workshop
San Francisco, United States

San Francisco Professional Practice Workshop: Longterm Photographic Projects

Matt Black
Jan 28 - 29 · Fully booked

Theme | 19 Stories

Migration and Refuge


Matt Black: Journey of Aid

Matt Black


The Geography of Poverty: Heartland

Matt Black

Geography of Poverty Newsprint

Matt Black

Theme | 6 Stories

The 2016 US Presidential Election

Theme | 4 Stories

Latest Workshops

Past Square Print Sale

Conditions of the Heart: on Empathy and Connection in Photography

Magnum Photographers
Oct 31 - Nov 4

Past Exhibition
Paris, France

Magnum Photos Gallery at Paris Photo 2016

Magnum Photographers
Until Nov 13, 2016


The Fall of Flint

Matt Black

Past Workshop
Singapore, Singapore

Magnum Workshop in Singapore

Magnum Photographers
Oct 10 - 15

Past Square Print Sale

The (More or Less) Decisive Moments

Magnum Photographers
Jun 6 - 11

Past Square Print Sale
Online Only,

Up Close & Personal

Magnum Photographers
Nov 9 - 13

Theme | 11 Stories

Public / Private: Love Stories and Intimate Journeys