The People of Clouds


Matt Black

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The People of Clouds documents the unraveling of one the world's oldest farming cultures in the Mixteca region of southern Mexico, where land erosion and collapsing corn prices from free trade are bleeding communities dry.  An "environmental disaster zone" in the words of the World Bank, up to five meters of topsoil have been lost in some areas, and some communities have lost 80% of their population to migration to the United States.


Photographer Matt Black's work has documented rural poverty, migration, and the social and environmental impact of modern agriculture for over a decade.  A native of rural California, he lives in the state's Central Valley.

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