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American Geography


Between 2014 and 2020, photographer Matt Black traveled from his hometown in California’s Central Valley to hundreds of other communities of high poverty across the United States. Concentrating on cities, towns, and counties with poverty rates above 20%, he discovered that he could travel from coast to coast without ever crossing above the poverty line. His exploration of this stark American reality grew to cover over 100,000 miles and 46 states, spread across five cross-country trips.

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