The photojournalist’s success is only half achieved by taking the picture. Matt Black, having just completed “After the Fall,” the third story in his People of Clouds series, is committed to not only capturing the dilemma of the Mixteca but he asks that we all pass the message along so that a collective awareness will facilitate much needed change. Today, according to the World Bank, the Mixteca is an “ecological disaster zone” with one million acres ruined by unchecked erosion and soil exhaustion. Photographs that are unseen become untold stories. Tools unused. Songs unsong. Matt — like the best photojournalists — views his role as witness and storyteller. Enjoy the breathtaking imagery and learn about the Mixteca’s plight at his recently updated site. Pass it along.
August 30, 2012