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Feature - The Geography of Poverty - California’s Central Valley
Matt Black
The Geography of Poverty is a digital documentary project by photographer Matt Black that combines geotagged photographs with census data to map and document poor communities in the US.  Begun in California’s Central Valley, home to some of the nation’s most impoverished communities, the project includes a three-and-a-half month,18,000-mile journey across the US documenting America’s poorest places.

According to the Census Bureau’s measure of poverty —$11,490 annual income for one person or $23,550 for a family of four — over 45 million people qualify as poor in the US.   At the same time, the...

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USA. Allensworth, California. 2014. Fence post.
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USA. Fresno, California. 2014. Homeless camp.
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USA. Corcoran, California. 2014. Burning tires.
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USA. Tulare, California. 2014. Birds.
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USA. Alpaugh, California. 2013. Farmworker camp.
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USA. York, Pennsylvania. 2015. Rainstorm.
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USA. Mendota, California. 2013. Guard dog.
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USA. Doña Ana County, New Mexico. 2015. Backyard.
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USA. Syracuse, New York. 2015.
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USA. Stratford, California. 2014. Scratched window.
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USA. Brooks County, Texas. 2015. The remains of an unidentified...
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USA. Buffalo, New York. 2015. Shuttered train terminal.
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USA. Calumet, Michigan. 2015.
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USA. Walkerville, MT. 2015.
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USA. Lindsay, California. 2013. Country road.
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USA. Modesto, California. 2014.
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USA. Firebaugh, California. 2014. Dead bull’s head hung to dry....
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USA. El Paso, Texas. 2015.
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