reFramed: In conversation with Matt Black – Framework – Photos and Video – Visual Storytelling from the Los Angeles Times

A: To me, the quality of your work is totally dependent on how connected you are to what you photograph. That doesn’t mean you have to be from a place to photograph it, of course, it’s just that you need to feel deeply about what you are doing. In my case the Central Valley, these small towns, and the issues they are facing are things I feel strongly about.

New York: Matt Black From Cloud to Dust – The Eye of Photography

history keeps repeating its schemes of social consequences. The Cloud People are the latest wave of working immigration, one that can’t go back to Mexico to harvest their own fields after the picking season in California because crossing the border now costs 4,000 $; one that make less money because the time when unions defended the workers’ rights is over; one that have to struggle to find a job because the environment has been so upset by a counter-nature agriculture that it leaves some fields empty and dust-dry and rips off roofs. It’s an entire set of values that is in question in this ongoing work. Matt Black calls it reporting. I call it engagement

California: Paradise Burning

A video captures the historically severe drought in the state's normally fertile Central Valley.

Photographers Matt Black and Ed Kashi recently spent time with the farmers and shepherds of the Central Valley, documenting their ongoing struggles

Spellbinding Photos of California’s Central Valley Reveal the Dark Side of America's Agricultural Industry - Feature Shoot

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

For Kingdom of Dust, photographer Matt Black documents life California’s Central Valley, where he has lived most of his life. Stretching for an enormous expanse greater than that of ten US states combined, the vast farmland produces $20 billion in agricultural products and roughly half of the country’s fresh food

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This week, TIME speaks with Matt Black (@mattblack_blackmatt), who charts the physical terrain of economic inequality in his Geography of Poverty project. He says Instagram has allowed him to explore the connection between cartography and photography as he builds a map of modern poverty in pictures.

NPPA Announces Seven 2013 Short Grant Winners

Seven talented photojournalists will be receiving $3,000 each to work on photography projects as winners of the 2013 NPPA Short Grants Competition. The winners are Matt Black, Diane Weiss, April Saul, Cengiz Yar Jr., John Locher, William Plowman, and Loga

Seven talented photojournalists will be receiving $3,000 each to work on photography projects as winners of the 2013 NPPA Short Grants Competition. The winners are Matt Black, Diane Weiss, April Saul, Cengiz Yar Jr., John Locher, William Plowman, and Logan Mock-Bunting.

The People of Clouds

Matt Black’s “The People of Clouds” is a long-term examination of the lives of Mixtec migrant workers, a community that he first encountered near his home, in California’s Central Valley, in the late nineteen-nineties

Weighed Down by History, a Town Slides in Mexico

The photographer Matt Black shot a remote town in southern Mexico that’s sliding down a mountain — a heart-wrenching story that illustrates the consequences of colonialism and modernity.

The photographer Matt Black has been seeking stories of the indigenous tribes of southern Mexico and the migrants to the Central Valley of California for 10 years, traveling back and forth and documenting the effects on these changing cultures and economies

Modern Agonies in Ancient Mexican Villages

To find out more about the immigration crisis in California, Matt Black traveled — arduously — through a remote region south of Mexico City.

Matt Black, 40, who has spent years documenting the migrant population in the Central Valley (“Oaxacan Exodus“), could very well see the effects in California. But for “People of the Clouds,” he wanted to understand what has happening on the other side of the border.

Photographer #291: Matt Black

Matt Black, 1970, USA, is a socially engaged documentary photographer. He grew up in a small town in California's Central Valley, an agricul...

Matt Black, 1970, USA, is a socially engaged documentary photographer. He grew up in a small town in California's Central Valley, an agricultural area that is home to some of the poorest communities in the US. In his Dust Stories he photographs the various communities, including indigenous Mexicans and the isolated Hmong population, who have come to Central Valley to work on large and rich farms or try to make a living on their own.

Matt Black: A Commitment to Truth

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I think that the collective understanding of this country is very superficial, and big parts of it are just left out, deemed unimportant. It’s not just about being unfair; it’s something that makes for the kind of places where things are allowed to fester. It’s a whole other world, an alternate America. To the extent that my photographs can play a part in addressing some of that, I’m more than proud.