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American Geography: Matt Black

American Geography: Matt Black

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Thames and Hudson Ltd, London, 2021. Published in the U.S.A. by Thames and Hudson Inc., New York.

168 pp. Well Illustrated (all B&W). 27 x 27 cm. LC 2021-934216 In English. Hardcover.

ISBN 9780500545355

When Magnum photographer Matt Black began exploring his hometown in California’s rural Central Valley -- dubbed “the other California,” where one-third of the population lives in poverty -- he knew what his next project had to be. Black was inspired to create a vivid portrait of an unknown America, to photograph some of the poorest communities across the US. Traveling across forty-six states and Puerto Rico, Black visited designated “poverty areas,” places with a poverty rate above 20 percent, and found that poverty areas are so numerous that they’re never more than a two-hour’s drive apart, woven through the fabric of the country but cut off from “the land of opportunity.” American Geography is a visual record of this five-year, 100,000-mile road trip, which chronicles the vulnerable conditions faced by America’s poor. This compelling compilation of black-and-white photographs is accompanied by Black’s own travelogue -- a collection of observations, overheard conversations in cafe´s and public transportation, diner menus, bus timetables, historical facts, and snippets from daily news reports. A future classic of photography, this monograph is supported by an internationally touring exhibition and is a must-have for anyone with an interest in witnessing the reality of an America that’s been excluded from the American Dream.

Subject Headings: Western Art -- United States -- Post-1945 ; Post-1970 ; Post-1990 ; Post-2000 -- Photography --

Artist(s): Black, Matt

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