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

- Matt Black

b. 1970

American

Based in Exeter, CA, USA

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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 traveled over 100,000 miles across 46 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.  In 2018, he again received a Robert F. Kennedy Award for his work in Puerto Rico.  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.

Selected works

Economy

The Dry Land

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Matt Black captures the worst drought in Californian history

Open story

From the Magnum Shop

Most Recent

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 | 18 Stories

Protest

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An Atmosphere of Fear: Matt Black on Documenting Migration

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Arts & Culture

Supporting New Talents and Perspectives in Photography

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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

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Newsroom

Geography of Poverty: Trip Four

Matt Black

Newsroom

The Magnum Digest: February 18, 2018

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The Magnum Digest: February 11, 2018

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Newsroom

The Magnum Digest: What Not to Miss This Week

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Past Workshop
London, United Kingdom

The Art of Editing With Matt Black

Matt Black
Feb 15 - 16

Newsroom

The Big Picture: 2017 in Review

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Arts & Culture

Relics of History’s Dark Chapters

Matt Black

Past Exhibition
London, UK

American Black & White

Magnum Photographers
Until Feb 23, 2018 · Free