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'Geography of Poverty' Photographer Matt Black at Lamont Gallery

Event Date:

March 23, 2016 | 12:45 PM EDT
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The Geography of Poverty is a digital documentary project that combines geotagged photographs with...

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El Paso, Texas. The population is 649,121 and 21.5% live below the poverty level. Image by Matt Black. USA, 2015.

Photographer Matt Black visits Phillips Exeter Academy on Wednesday, March 23, 2016, to focus on "The Geography of Poverty," his multimedia reporting project on contemporary poverty and growing income inequality in the United States. Pulitzer Center Managing Director Nathalie Applewhite joins Black for the day-long visit that includes a lunch-time session at the Lamont Gallery.

After spending two decades focusing his lens on issues of poverty, migration and farming in California's Central Valley, Black expanded his project to the extreme economic hardship throughout the rest of the country. In summer 2015, Black embarked on a cross-country trip supported by the Pulitzer Center in collaboration with MSNBC. He sought to explore and document the stories of individuals and communities from America's poorest regions through his photography.

"The Geography of Poverty" is a digital media project combining Black's geotagged photographs with census data to create a modern portrait of poverty in America. His journey to document poverty took him across the U.S and to communities where more than 20% of the population lives below the poverty line.

The Lamont Gallery event is co-sponsored with the Pulitzer Center and The Exonian, the student newspaper at Phillips Exeter Academy.

A light lunch will be served, but space is limited. RSVP by Friday, March 18, to [email protected]

Matt Black and "The Geography of Poverty"
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
12:45 PM
Phillips Exeter Academy
Mayden Art Center
Lamont Gallery
20 Main Street
Exeter, NH 03833


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