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Since 2014, Matt Black has travelled across the U.S covering 100,000 miles, photographing communities in 46 states. His series, American Geography gives focus to America’s most marginalised communities. “It could have just as easily been called The Geography of Power,” Black says. “It’s something much more complicated than economics; it’s about social power. Who gets their needs met and who doesn’t?” Pictured here, Birds in Tulare, California.

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Matt Black
© Matt Black | Magnum Photos

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.

© Matt Black | Magnum Photos

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