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 Blackâ€™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.