Matt Black’s work has explored poverty, agriculture, the environment and migration. A native of rural California, he has photographed extensively in the state’s rural Central Valley and in Southern Mexico.
In 2014, he began the project The Geography of Poverty, a digital documentary work that combines geotagged photographs with census data to map and document poor communities. In 2015 he completed a thirty-state trip photographing seventy of America’s poorest places. 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 forty-three students in the southern Mexican state of Guerrero. Both of these projects, accompanied by short films, were published by The New Yorker.
Matt is a contributor to the @everydayusa photographers’ collective and has taught photography with the Foundry Photojournalism Workshops, the Eddie Adams Workshop, Leica Fotografie International, and the Los Angeles Center of Photography. He was nominated to Magnum Photos in 2015. Anastasia Photo gallery in New York represents his prints.
He received the W. Eugene Smith Award in Humanistic Photography in 2015. His work has also been honored by the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Foundation, the Magnum Foundation Emergency Fund, the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, Pictures of the Year International, World Press Photo, The Center for Cultural Innovation, The Economic Hardship Reporting Project, and others.