Matt Black’s photos from the second part of MSNBC’s Geography of Poverty depict the correlation between poverty, environmental pollution, and illness. In the article “Cancer Alley: Big Industry, Big Problems,” Black’s black and white images are bold and haunting showing the tolls of systemic racism and the effects of proximity to toxic dangers such as petrochemical processing plants.
Matt Black is a double Alexia foundation grantee. He received a Student Award of Excellence for his 1994 project, “The Transbay Terminal.” In 2003, he was awarded the Alexia professional grant to pursue his story, “The Forgotten Black Okies: A Lost Journey into a Land of Broken Promises.” The project was honored with a Pulitzer Prize nomination, among other prizes.
Join Matt Black and other distinguished guests like Alexia Women’s Initiative Winner Tim Matsui at the “Photography: Agent for Change” workshop on November 6, 2015. Applications are being accepted until October 9th. For more information: http://bit.ly/agentforchange