American Geography: A Reckoning with a Dream by Matt Black Hardcover Book

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American Geography

by Matt Black

A powerful, compelling monograph that reveals the reality of the unseen and forgotten contemporary America.

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American Geography is the visual record of Magnum photographer Matt Black's five-year, 100,000-mile road trip across 46 states of the United States, plus Puerto Rico. It examines the conditions of powerlessness, prejudice and pragmatism among America's poor.The project originated in Matt Black's exploration of his own home town in California's rural Central Valley - a place that has been called 'the other California' - where one third of the population lives in poverty. Travelling out from that location in 2015, he went on to visit designated 'poverty areas' - places with poverty rates of above 20% as defined by the US census. He found that, rather than being anomalies, 'poverty areas' are never more than two-hour's drive apart. They are woven throughout the fabric of the country, yet are cut off from the 'land of opportunity'.Matt Black's compelling black and white photographs, from which one can trace a line back to the FSA Photographers of the 1930s and 1940s such as Walker Evans and Dorothea Lange, are accompanied by his own travelogue - an eclectic combination of observations, overheard conversations in cafés and city buses, diner menus, bus timetables, historical facts and echoes from daily news reports - which enrich the vivid portrait of these 'states of un-America.'With 100 illustrations in colour

Author Biography

Matt Black is a member of Magnum Photos. He was named as TIME magazine's Instagram Photographer of the year in 2014, and has over 230,000 Instagram followers. The awards and honours he has received include the W. Eugene Smith Award, and two Robert F. Kennedy Journalism awards.

Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction
1. South and West
2. South and East
3. North and East
4. North and West

Review

'[Black's] photographs are in stark black and white, and have an almost lino- or woodcut feel to them. Their strong graphic quality – the contrasts between black shadows and harsh sunlight – endow his images with a sharp edge supremely appropriate for his subject' - Morning Star
'The photographs confer a stoical dignity on these exiles from America's glossy promise, and notes from Black's journals reveal how compassionately he listened to their jaunty tales of woe' - Observer
'An eye-opener' - Black & White Photography
'An unflinching and challenging portrayal of its subject matter' - Digital Camera Magazine

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A powerful monograph that reveals the reality of the unseen and forgotten contemporary America

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Visceral... Like [Robert] Frank's 'The Americans,' Black's contrasty, chiaoscuro photographs and travelogue reveal the hard truths: the United States in the 21st Century remains a country deeply divided and astonishingly poor... Black, like other committed photographers before him, is revealing to us who we are as Americans. It is up to us now to see.--Art Photo Collector The photographs presented here by Black provide the same tenderness [as Lange and Evans]: carefully selected work that narrowly threads the needle. He gestures, never points. He empathizes, but does not pity. The photographs are remarkable... a lovely body of work.--New York Journal of Books

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A powerful monograph that reveals the reality of the unseen and forgotten contemporary America

Details ISBN0500545359 Author Matt Black Year 2021 ISBN-10 0500545359 ISBN-13 9780500545355 Format Hardcover Publisher Thames & Hudson Ltd Pages 168 Imprint Thames & Hudson Ltd Place of Publication London Country of Publication United Kingdom Illustrations 100 Illustrations, color NZ Release Date 2021-09-30 Publication Date 2021-09-30 UK Release Date 2021-09-30 Subtitle A Reckoning with a Dream DEWEY 779.092 Audience General AU Release Date 2022-01-12

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  • Condition: Brand New
  • ISBN-13: 9780500545355
  • Publication Year: 2021
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Language: English
  • Book Title: American Geography: a Reckoning with a Dream
  • Item Height: 262mm
  • Author: Matt Black
  • Publisher: Thames & HUDSON Ltd
  • Item Width: 265mm
  • Item Weight: 1240g
  • Number of Pages: 168 Pages

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