Going out © Matt Eich
Matt Eich’s Baptist Town project was recently featured with the launch of Emphas.is, a crowd funding source geared towards photo journalism. Eich has received numerous accolades as of late, awarded the HCP Juried Fellowship at the Houston Center For Photography, a 2nd place in POYi 67, named one of PDN’s 30 Emerging Photographers to Watch and received the F25 Award for Concerned Photography.
In a place like Baptist Town, Mississippi there are two paths you can take in life but the people I have encountered there tread the line between the two, walking both in the light and in shadow. They are neither good nor evil, they are simply human. This is the beginning of a two-part examination of contemporary race and class disparities in the Mississippi Delta town of Greenwood. My goal is to remind people that while we may live in a time where civil rights are taught in history classes around the country, the real legacies of racism in the south continue to impact people economically and culturally, in persistent and often pernicious ways.