Photographer Olivier Garros wrote a beautiful text on Matt Black‘s book. Here it is :
American Geography An immersion in the heart of an America in transition
Matt Black began this series in his native Central Valley, a rural and isolated area in the middle of California, before expanding his travels to other areas of the United States where the most neglected communities live. Traveling thousands of kilometers by bus or car, Matt Black sets out to meet those people who do not exist in the image of a modern, high-profile America. Over the years, he thus builds the portrait of an increasingly divided country where inequalities and disparities are multiplying. Produced during a period of transition between the end of Barack Obama’s term and the start of Donald Trump’s, this series reflects a country marked by growing disparity and disunity. This visual exploration, divided into geographical chapters, is punctuated by the artist’s logbook, “a way of painting the psychological picture that hides behind my photographs”, which combines his personal notes and collections of found objects.
Photographer for the Magnum Photos agency, Matt Black (b.1970 in California) explores in his work the themes of immigration, inequalities and the environment first in his native rural California, in southern Mexico then across the United States.
Matt Black : American Geography
Hardcover, 26.5 x 26.5 cm
77 B&W photographs
Price: 45 € incl.
numbered from 1 to 30,
including the book American Geography and a piezo print numbered and signed by the artist
Print size: 26 x 26 cm