Previous Gallery: Matt Black

Matt Black's The Dry Land, b & w photos +
California: Paradise Burning, a short film by Ed Kashi & Matt Black

           Opening reception: Tuesday, Nov. 11 at 7:30 PM.

                         Exhibit runs November 11 - December 14, 2014.

On November 11, Matt Black's photo exhibit, The Dry Land, opens at The Half King as Photo Series #28. The Dry Land documents, in beautiful, stark pictures, the agricultural effects of California's drought, now going into its third year. The opening will feature a screening of California: Paradise Burning, a short film shot by Ed Kashi and Matt, created in conjunction with Matt's still photo project. At the opening, Whitney Johnson, Director of Photography at The New Yorker, will lead an audience discussion with Matt.

"Matt & Ed's story highlights the people—workers and farmers both—who are the face of this worsening drought," says Half King photo curator Anna Van Lenten. "As well as over $2 billion lost to the economy this year, over 17,000 individuals have no work and can't feed their families or send money back home. Matt and Ed's vision is singular and uncompromising about the dire conditions these folks must grapple with."

Matt Black is a photographer from California's Central Valley. His work chronicles the decline of traditional farming life in rural California and in southern Mexico, with a long-term focus on the changing human relationship to land, food, farming, and community. His work has been honored by many institutions, including the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Foundation.

Ed Kashi is a photojournalist, filmmaker, and educator who documents the social and political issues that define our times. His work is held in private and museum collections. Kashi also lectures about photojournalism, photography and multimedia.


The Half King Photography Series is dedicated to showing exceptional photojournalism. In tandem with its reading series, The Half King fosters a dialog between photographers and writers that underscores the importance of their unique relationship. Co-curating its photography series are James Price, Assignments Editor at Getty Reportage, and Anna Van Lenten, writer and editor.

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