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
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
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
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.