Description

In 2013, Matt Black began photographing isolated communities in California’s Central Valley, the rural, agricultural area where he lives. In 2015, Black expanded the project to encompass the United States and completed his first cross-country trip, a three-and-a-half-month journey visiting dozens of communities across 28 states. Since then, he has completed four additional trips, traveling over 100,000 miles and making work across 46 states.

What had begun as a story of individual, isolated communities grew into a portrait of an increasingly divided and unequal America, created during a time of rising disparity and disunion.

Black combines his photographs, personal journal entries, and images of objects collected from his travels over the past seven years into one magazine:  American Geography, designed by Yolanda Cuomo. The publication, produced in collaboration with Magnum Photos, is self-published by Black with the support of the International Center of Photography (ICP) and Marina and Andy Lewin.

By using two copies of the publication and hanging the spreads on the wall, American Geography can also function as an exhibition. Universities and schools in the U.S. that wish to incorporate Black’s work in their curriculum can use the zine as a vehicle for discussion of the issues that it examines through photography.

Signed on the cover.

Special Folio

Over the years, this body of work has been widely published by the most important magazines and newspapers in the U.S. and abroad, but has never yet been seen as a combined body of work. This past year, Black selected his photographs, personal journal entries, and objects collected from his travels over the past seven years into one publication: American Geography – that excerpts all four chapters of his journey.

This publication, produced in collaboration with Magnum Photos, is self-published by Matt Black with the support of the International Center of Photography (ICP) and Marina and Andy Lewin.

Pop-Up Exhibition

This publication, designed by Yolanda Cuomo, is a pop-up zine: it can also be presented as an exhibition, using two copies of the publication and hanging the spreads on the walls. This exhibition is designed as a vehicle for universities and schools in the U.S. wishing to incorporate Matt Black’s work in their curriculum and discuss the issues that he examines through photography.

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