The Geography of Poverty is a digital documentary project by photographer Matt Black that combines geotagged photographs with census data to create a modern portrait of poverty in the US. In the summer of Black embarks on a cross-country trip to explore, document, and spark discussion about contemporary poverty and growing income inequality 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 s, rising from nine percent in to 20 percent in At the very top, the richest 0.
Following a preplanned route across the southern and northern portions of the United States, the project will seek to cross the country without crossing the poverty line, profiling cities and towns large and small, rural and urban, across a diverse range of US communities and regions, each touching on a distinct issues surrounding poverty.
Clusters of poverty and sickness shadow America's industrial South. African American communities are the hardest hit. In the first installment of his journey through America's poorest towns, Matt Black documents poverty in the American southwest.
Immigrants and citizens alike suffer from policies that keep them poor. Matt Black discusses his cross-country trip to explore and spark discussion about poverty and inequality in the United States. Photojournalist embarked on cross-country trip to explore, document and spark discussion about contemporary poverty and growing income inequality in the U. His work provides significant context for poverty-related issues on a global scale.
Three Pulitzer Center grantees return to their home countries to raise the voices of those who are otherwise not heard. Skip to main content. Project The Geography of Poverty. Donate Now Donate. As industry closes in, Native Americans fight for dignity and natural resources.
An auto giant's exit brought a Michigan city to its knees. The Pulitzer Center staff share favorite images from Sitemap Login.His work primarily revolves around documenting food, farming and the human relationship to the land in that area. My professional life started in the Central Valley, then followed the route taken by the immigrant field workers but in reverse, back to their home towns in Mexico, and then took me back here to California.
The work is about the human connection to the environment, about the community, and its land. How did the transition to becoming a photographer happen? MB: There is a strong connection between myself and what I photograph. You have to have that. If the issue is something dear to me, like the drought in Central Valley in California in this case, then I know I do have something to say.
CC: What led you to take that leap from California to Mexico? In the mids, while I was working in California more and more workers were migrating there from Mexico. I started asking myself.
Why are they coming? I saw that the towns were disappearing: no one was left except for the youngest and the oldest. CC: What struck you the most when you were working in Mexico?
Because I know what is going on, I feel responsible to be there. MB: Ed contacted me to talk about the situation in the Central Valley, and it became clear that we should do something together. I was shooting stills, and he did the video. Why did you start using it? It can be very powerful and people connect to the image in a different way. Even people who will never go to these places can instantly place them on a map and that makes them more real.
CC: What do you think is the most significant aspect of your work as a documentary photographer and can Instagram or other innovations in the field make it better? MB: I think the most important aspect of my work is the long period of engagement with a place and these issues. Then something like a drought happens and it shows how everything can change, how it is all so fragile.
With my work I can help focus attention on some of the issues, and Instagram and other new media definitely help.
Started as a website intoday SDN works with nearly a thousand photographers around the world to tell important stories through the visual medium of photography and multimedia. SinceSDN has featured more than 2, exhibits on its website and has had gallery exhibitions in major cities around the world. Jeffrey D. ZEKE does not accept unsolicited submissions. Contributing photographers can choose to pay a fee for their work to be exhibted on SDN for a year or they can choose a free trial.
Free trials have the same opportunity to be published in ZEKE as paid exhibits. Advertising inquiries: glenn socialdocumentary.Interesting to see a Magnum Photographer using a camera with a 1" sensor albeit in this case the RXM2. I was riveted by the images and article.
In some of those areas, nearly 3x the national average was just unreal. It was hard to imagine What a great stories these images tell, and from a web guy perspective, a great Web interface to help with the story telling too.
I'm not american. But I found this article and these photos say a lot about the society where we live. France is not very different When we read this, and look at these photos, we don't care much about the sensor's size or the brand of the camera.
Fans Of 1" Sensors - Magnum Photo Agency's Matt Black
Chim Seymour. George Roger one of the Magnum founders speaking on Capa: "He recognized the unique quality of miniature cameras, so quick and so quiet to use, and also the unique qualities that we ourselves had acquired during several years of contact with all the emotional excesses that go hand in hand with war.Matt Black Photography - Multimedia - Address:Kettleman
He saw a future for us in this combination of mini cameras and maxi-minds. Moises Saman and the Oly EM David Alan Harvey and the Fuji X Ian Berry and the Panny GX7, etc. A great 'feather in the cap' for mirrorless and a reminder to all, I think, of what makes a great photo. I see poverty all around. People trapped in Walmart jobs, part time and not able to get a second job. Often they live in groups just to survive. I live in an old schoolbus! The Fujifilm X-T is a low-priced mirrorless camera with a stunning 3.Matt Black.
The city has demolished over 5, abandoned houses in the last decade. Today, not one grocery store exists within the city. Organizations and individuals have donated and distributed thousands of gallons of bottled water, but residents still struggle to cook, clean, and keep themselves and their children healthy. Magnum photographer Matt Black took intimate portraits at the homes of some of these residents. One resident, the 86 year-old Bonnie Hammand moved to Flint in Two months prior to meeting Black her hair started to fall out and she developed a skin infection on her legs.
So far, criminal charges have been brought against three officials for their role in the crisis. The charges, which include criminal neglect, official misconduct, and tampering with evidence, came three months after a Federal State of Emergency was declared in Flint.
We are the poor. On September 14, Flint residents asked a federal judge to order home delivery of water as their city continues to struggle with two years of lead-poisoned tap water. The case was heard Wednesday before Judge David Lawson.
‘Poverty is often looked at in isolation, but it is an American problem’
During the hearing, testimony from Michael Hood, Emergency medical technician, now working full time as volunteer for Crossing Water, crisis relief in Flint, who fit filters into homes and also sometimes provide clothes and other items people need.
That people are going to forget about us. Shopping Cart. Matt Black LaToya Jordan at home. Can't cook with it. Matt Black GM assembly plant. Flint, Michigan, USA. Matt Black The banks of the Flint River. Matt Black Tiantha Williams, 38, whose son was born two months prematurely. Matt Black Flint native Deborah Hayman. Matt Black Bonnie Hammond, 87, bathes the skin infection on her legs.
Matt Black Bonnie Hammond, 87, moved to Flint in Two months ago, her hair started falling out and she developed a skin infection on her legs. Matt Black Downtown. Matt Black The Flint River, downtown.L ast summer Matt Black left the Central Valley of California, where he lives, to travel 18, miles across the US on a road trip that took him through 30 states and 70 of the poorest towns in America.
All these diverse communities are connected, not least in their powerlessness. In the mainstream media, poverty is often looked at in isolation, but it is an American problem. It seems to me that it goes unreported because it does not fit the way America sees itself.
As if to bear this out, Black tells me that the route he took was mapped out in advance using geotagged photographs found online alongside census information to identify the poorest areas. In each instance, the communities he visited were never more than a two-hour drive apart. Working in high contrast black and white, he produces photographs that are stark and impressionistic.
His work is far from the straight documentary that Magnum is famed for and, in places, as in the image of birds on telegraph wires taken in TulareCalifornia, seems more redolent of the grainy visual poetry of postwar Japanese photographers like Shomei Tomatsu and Masahishi Fukase.
That, in itself, says a lot about the widespread and depressingly similar nature of American poverty. Facebook Twitter Pinterest. Topics Photography The Observer. California Poverty Social exclusion features. Reuse this content.
Order by newest oldest recommendations. Show 25 25 50 All. Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. Loading comments… Trouble loading? Most popular.Matt Black born is an American documentary photographer whose work has focused on issues of poverty, migration, and the environment. Kennedy Award for Excellence in Journalism  and the W.
Eugene Smith Grant. Black was born in in Santa Maria, California. He grew up in the town of Visaliain California's agricultural Central Valley. While attending high school, he worked as a photographer at the Tulare Advance-Registerlater the Visalia Times-Deltawhere he learned the black and white photojournalism style he has used throughout his career. He received a B.
Inwhile working on a story about widespread unemployment in the Central Valley in the aftermath of a citrus freeze, Black met a family from OaxacaMexico, which introduced him to the story of indigenous Mixtec migrants. The following year, he travelled to the Mixteca region of southern Mexico, beginning his project The People of Clouds.
Inhe began the project The Geography of Poverty, combining geotagged photographs with census data to map and document poor communities. In addition to still photography, Black has completed several short documentary films, including After the Fall,  Harvest of Shadows,  California Paradise Burning  and The Monster in the Mountains.
In June he became a nominee member of Magnum Photos later an associate member  and in a full member. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
American documentary photographer. Santa Maria, CaliforniaUnited States. World Press Photo. Retrieved 22 June Robert F.
Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights.
Archived from the original on Retrieved Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography". Retrieved 15 October Syracuse University Magazine. Columbia University. The New Yorker. The New York Times. Orion Magazine. Matt Black. Mountainfilm in Telluride. British Journal of Photography. Apptitude Media. Magnum Pro. Magnum Photos. Retrieved 20 February June 24, Retrieved January 31, Vice Media. Retrieved 15 April Gerald Loeb Award winners for Feature.F or many of his Instagram followers, Matt Black is a newcomer.
He joined the photo-sharing app in December of to chart, through a series of gritty and deeply personal black-and-white photographs, the physical terrain of economic inequality in his native Central Valley of California, home to three of the five poorest metropolitan areas in the U. That was never his intention, though. Over years, migration, farm labor and poverty have shaped the region, he says. The best way to do so, Black explains, was by using the unlikeliest of platforms for a photographer who developed his visual identity at a regional newspaper where black-and-white fiber paper prints were the norm.
And, they are right there, together, on that same platform. Without this map, I would not be on Instagram. The mapping feature might have attracted Black to Instagram, but the newfound freedom and sense of community is what kept him on the photo-sharing app. To his surprise, Black found that Instagram users valued substance, engaging with the photographer and his work.
It was top-down. People take it in. People receive the work in a more intimate way. There are hundreds of millions of people on Instagram wanting to engage with photography.
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