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.
For Kingdom of Dust, photographer Matt Black documents daily life California’s Central Valley, where he has lived most of his life. Encompassing an enormous expanse greater that that of ten US states combined, this farmland produces $20 billion in agricul