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Robert Koch Gallery : Matt Black : American Geography


Robert Koch Gallery presents Matt Black: American Geography, the gallery’s inaugural exhibition by American photographer Matt Black.

Matt Black, an artist from California’s Central Valley, produces enigmatic narrative works in his native region and in related places that are deeply grounded in societal and environmental concerns. Since 2014, Black has traveled over 100,000 miles across 46 states for his project American Geography, a personal portrait of an increasingly divided and unequal America. Black’s gripping images of some of the most marginalized communities in America are as visually captivating as they are brutally honest and human.

A member of Magnum Photos, Matt Black creates work that while rooted in the documentary tradition, is also noted for its deeply personal approach, emotional engagement, and visual intensity. Excerpts from American Geography have been widely published and exhibited in the United States and abroad. A monograph of the project was published in 2021 by Thames and Hudson which accompanied an institutional exhibition which traveled to the Deichtorhallen Hamburg (2020-21) and the Kunstfoyer, Munich (2021). Other bodies of work by the artist include The Valley, a project focused on the impact of drought and socio-economic inequality on California’s Central Valley agricultural communities, and The Mixteca a body of work documenting life in agricultural regions of Mexico.


Matt Black : American Geography
February 5 – March 26, 2022
Robert Koch Gallery
49 Geary Street, 5th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94108


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