Matt Black (b. 1970) is a photographer from California’s Central Valley. His work explores themes of migration, farming, poverty and the environment in his native rural California and in southern Mexico. Recent photo essays have been published in The New Yorker, Mother Jones, andVice Magazines.
Black became a nominee member of Magnum Photos in June 2015 and was named Time Magazine's Instagram Photographer of the Year in 2014. He is a contributor to the @everydayusa photographers’ collective. He has produced or collaborated on short films and multimedia pieces for msnbc.com, Orion Magazine, and The New Yorker, and has taught photography with the Foundry Photojournalism Workshops, the Los Angeles Center of Photography, and the Eddie Adams Workshop.
His work has been profiled by National Geographic, The New York Times, National Public Radio, Time and Slate, and has been honored by the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Foundation, the Magnum Foundation Emergency Fund, World Press Photo, the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, Pictures of the Year International, the Alexia Foundation, and the Center for Cultural Innovation, among others. He lives in Exeter, a small town in California’s Central Valley.