Creating images that double as fine art, Matt Black is mapping how poverty is a major problem today, now, this minute and every minute.
Enter Matt Black, who has been doing really good work to document poverty in the US today. Note that I did not say “compelling” work or “powerful” work; frankly, I am sadly skeptical about the persuasive capacity of documentary photography today, and not because of the photographers. Even if the work does not persuade as it should, however, we need not let the venality and cowardice dominating politics and news media today keep us from learning. And Black has something to teach.
The residents of communities in Ghana live half of their lives in the dark, without electricity, from the time the sun sets at 6pm and rises at 6 am. “Life Without Lights” began as a brief story idea for DiCAmpo while he was living & volunteering in rural Ghana. During that time DiCampo says, “I realized how deeply the lack of electricity affected the lives of my neighbors. It impeded their progress in the sectors of health, education, development, agriculture, gender equality and the list goes on.”
Mr. Crowley has photographed the Washington Monument dozens of times over the years as part of “Crowleygraphs,” a personal project that Lens described as revealing “unvarnished truths” behind Washington politics