2015: Matt Black

2015 – Black

El Paso, TX. El Paso is a city in El Paso County, Texas. The population is 649,121 and 21.5% live below the poverty level.

York, PA. Rainstorm. York is a town in York County, Pennsylvania. The population is 43,718 and 37.1% live below the poverty level.

Fresno, CA. Homeless camp. Fresno is a city in Fresno County, California. The population is 494,665 and 24.8% live below the poverty level.

Corcoran, CA. Burning tires. Corcoran is a city in Kings County, California. The population is 24,813 and 28% live below the poverty level.

Tulare, CA. Birds. Tulare is a city in Tulare County, California. The population is 59,278 and 21.4% live below the poverty level.

Alpaugh, CA. Farmworker camp. Alpaugh is a town in Tulare County, California. The population is 1,026 and 55.4% live below the poverty level.

Firebaugh, CA. Dead bull’s head hung to dry. Firebaugh is a city in Fresno County, California. The population is 7,549 and 34.9% live below the poverty level.

Mendota, CA. Guard dog. Mendota is a city in Fresno County, California. The population is 11,014 and 45.6% live below the poverty level.

Doña Ana County, NM. Backyard. Doña Ana is a county in New Mexico. The population is 209,233 and 27.0% live below the poverty level.

Brownsville, TX. Downtown graffiti. Brownsville is a city in Cameron County, Texas. It has a population of 175,023 and 35.3% live below the poverty level.

Tulare, CA. Flea market vendors. Tulare is a city in Tulare County, California. The population is 59,278 and 21.4% live below the poverty level.

Allensworth, CA. Fence post. Allensworth is a town in Tulare County, California. The population is 471 and 54% live below the poverty level.

Fresno, CA. Homeless camp. Fresno is a city in Fresno County, California. The population is 494,665 and 24.8% live below the poverty level.

Buffalo, NY. Shuttered train terminal. Buffalo is a city in Erie County, New York. The population is 261,310 and 30.7% live below the poverty level.

McAllen, TX. Jumping the border fence. McAllen is a city in Hidalgo County, Texas. The population is 129,877 and 26.7% live below the poverty level.

Brooks County, Texas. The remains of an unidentified migrant discovered in Brooks County await forensic analysis. Brooks County has a population of 7,223 and 38.3% live below the poverty level.

Calumet, MI. Calumet is a town in Houghton County, Michigan. The population is 6,489 and 21.4% live below the poverty level.

Stratford, CA. Scratched window. Stratford is a town in Kings County, California. The population is 1,277 and 39.2% live below the poverty level.

Syracuse, NY. Syracuse is a city in Onondaga County, New York. The population is 145,170 and 34.6% live below the poverty level.

Modesto, CA. Corner store. Modesto is a city in Stanislaus County, California. The population is 201,165 and 20.8% live below the poverty level.

“There are 46 million people living in poverty in the U.S. Since the year 2000, the number of people living in communities of ‘concentrated poverty’ has doubled,” Black explains. “The Geography of Poverty combines geotagged images with census data to map and document these communities across the U.S.”

“Black’s searing images depict what America looks like to the more than 45 million people living in poverty,” explains Brian Storm, Chair of the 2015 W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund grant and Founder of MediaStorm. “Geography of Poverty is an 18,000 mile journey that puts a human face on the staggering statistics.”

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