The Geography of Poverty

Between 2014 and 2017, photographer Matt Black has traveled over 50,000 miles across 46 US states, photographing the country’s designated “poverty areas” communities whose poverty rates are in excess of 20%.

According to the Census Bureau’s measure of poverty – $ 11,490 annual income for one person or $ 23,550 for a family of four – over 43 million people qualify as poor in the US. 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.

From the deserts of the Southwest through the Black Belt in the South, to the post-industrial, former factory towns running midwest and northeast, to Native reservations across the Great Plains, “The Geography of Poverty” gives its focus to America’s most marginalized communities and highlights the country’s growing gap between rich and poor.


The Geography of Poverty

Number of photo

30 prints, 1 blow up


Black and white, 30 prints framed and mounted on dibond 3 mm, 1 blow up


30 prints 84 x 84 cm, 1 blow up 52 x 211 cm

Frame size

86 x 86 cm (thickness 4 cm) in lime wood

Linear development

29 mt minimum (spaces not included)

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