©Matt Black / Magnum Photos

Matt Black

The Geography of Poverty

Over the past two years, photographer Matt Black has traveled over 50,000 miles across 46 US states, photographing the country’s communities whose poverty rates are in excess of 20%.

Over 43 million people are qualified as poor in the US, having $ 11,490 annual income. At the same time, the share of income going to the top one percent of the population has more than doubled since the 1970s. At the very top, the richest 0.1 percent’s share of the national wealth has tripled.

“The Geography of Poverty” gives its focus to America’s most marginalized communities and highlights the country’s growing gap between rich and poor.

Matt Black (1970, Santa Maria, U.S.) is from California’s Central Valley, an agricultural region in the heart of the state where he lives.

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.

He was nominated to Magnum Photos and received the W. Eugene Smith Award in 2015. In 2016, he received the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award.

©Matt Black / Magnum Photos

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