Riders near Cherry Creek. South Dakota, USA. 2016. by Matt Black.
6″ x 6″ Magnum Square print
Fuji Crystal Archival Matte paper
Signed on verso by Matt Black
Statement from Matt Black on the back of print “Riders near Cherry Creek. South Dakota, USA. 2016.”
“Temperatures dip into the negative 50s as riders from the Standing Rock, Cheyenne Riverand Pine Ridge reservations cross the Dakotas each December to memorialize the Wounded Knee `massacre, where hundreds of Lakota Sioux were killed by the US Army on December 29, 1890. “This is a sacred, spiritual journey,’ one rider said of the 15-dat, 300-mile trek.’A people’s dream died thre. It was a beautiful dream.””
Matt Black is an American documentary photographer. His work focuses on issues of poverty, migration, and the environment. Black has received numerouse awards. For instance, a World Press Photo Award, the Robert F. Kennedy Award for Excellence in Journalism and the W. Eugene Smith Grant. And now, he is a full member of Magnum Photos.
Black is from California’s Central Valley. It is a rural, agricultural area in the heart of the state. He started photography working at his hometown newspaper. After that, he initiated a series of long-term, personal projects. In these projects, Black explored the social and environmental themes that shaped life in his home region. Which is one of the poorest in the US.
When Matt was nominated to Magnum Photos in 2015, he also began traveling across the U.S. During this time, he photographed other marginalized areas throughout the country. Consequently, this work covered over 100,000 miles and comprised his project American Geography. Other works include The Dry Land and The Monster in the Mountains. The first is about the impact of drought on California’s agricultural communities. And the second is about the disappearance of 43 students in the southern Mexican state of Guerrero. Both of these projects, accompanied by short films, were published by The New Yorker.
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