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

- Matt Black

b. 1970

American

Based in Exeter, CA, USA

Member

Available for commissions
& assignments

Matt Black is from California’s Central Valley, a rural, agricultural area in the heart of the state. He started photography working at his hometown newspaper.
He was nominated to Magnum Photos in 2015.  Since 2015, he has travelled over 100,000 miles across 46 states for his project American Geography.  Other 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 these projects, accompanied by short films, were published by The New Yorker.
His work has appeared regularly in TIME Magazine, The New Yorker, The California Sunday Magazine, and other publications.  He has been honored three times by the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Prize, including their top honor for journalism. In 2015, he received the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Award for Humanistic Photography, and was named a senior fellow at the Emerson Collective. He lives in Exeter, a small town in the Central Valley.

Selected works

Politics

American Geography

Matt Black

Matt Black’s six-year, 100,000-mile mission to create a project that will convey a nation’s grim realities, and help Americans to stop ‘unseeing themselves’

Open story

Most Recent

Arts & Culture

Matt Black’s American Geography: His New Film Reckons With a Dream

Matt Black

Events

Matt Black – American Geography Opens at Magnum Gallery London

Matt Black

Arts & Culture

Matt Black’s American Geography: A Tale of Two Countries

Matt Black

Newsroom

American Geography

Matt Black

Theory & Practice

Online Portfolio Reviews Highlights

Magnum Photographers

Theme | 18 Stories

Earth Day

Past Workshop
Paris, France

Intensive Documentary Masterclass with Matt Black in Paris

Matt Black
Jul 2 - 9 · Fully booked

Past Exhibition
Paris, France

Matt Black’s “Geography of Poverty” in Paris

Matt Black
Until Jun 14, 2019

Theme | 20 Stories

Protest

Newsroom

An Atmosphere of Fear: Matt Black on Documenting Migration

Matt Black

Arts & Culture

Supporting New Talents and Perspectives in Photography

Magnum Photographers

Arts & Culture

Poverty and Mythologies in America

Matt Black

Past Exhibition
Paris,

Magnum Photos at Paris Photo 2018

Magnum Photographers
Until Nov 11, 2018

Past Exhibition
London, United Kingdom

Magnum Photos at Photo London 2018

Magnum Photographers
Until May 20, 2018

Newsroom

The Magnum Digest: March 25, 2018

Magnum Photographers

Newsroom

Geography of Poverty: Trip Four

Matt Black

Newsroom

The Magnum Digest: February 18, 2018

Magnum Photographers

Newsroom

The Magnum Digest: February 11, 2018

Magnum Photographers

Newsroom

The Magnum Digest: What Not to Miss This Week

Magnum Photographers

Past Workshop
London, United Kingdom

The Art of Editing With Matt Black

Matt Black
Feb 15 - 16
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