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Magnum Foundation is proud to partner on The Value of Food: Sustaining a Green Planet, bringing Matt Black's The Geography of Poverty from the road to the 110th Street side of The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine.


The Value of Food
The Cathedral Church of
St. John the Divine
1047 Amsterdam Avenue at 112th Street
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The Geography of Poverty
110th Street between Amsterdam Avenue & Morningside Drive
Matt Black has spent decades photographing in his native rural California and in southern Mexico, where the people working the land and picking its harvest are the very people that go hungry. 

This past summer, Black embarked on a trip to explore modern poverty across America. He traveled continuously on a route visiting 70 towns and cities where at least twenty percent of the population is living below the poverty level.

High poverty rates are crippling the country's most vulnerable communities, the conditions and faces of which largely go unseen. Through Black’s photographs, we see not only what America looks like to the 45 million people living in poverty, but also that poverty is inextricable from issues of migration, land use, industry, and the environment.

For a more in-depth view, check out The Geography of Poverty: a journey through forgotten America on MSNBC with writing by Trymaine Lee.

Black’s project was supported in part by Magnum Foundation’s Emergency Fund, a grant enabling documentary photographers to investigate social justice stories and produce in-depth narratives. It was also generously supported by MSNBC, the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, and the Economic Hardship Reporting Project. Black was recently nominated to Magnum Photos.

This exhibition was supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

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