Guerrero: The Monster in the Mountains

On September 26, 2014, forty-three Mexican students were abducted and presumed killed in Iguala, a city in the southern Mexican state of Guerrero. Guerrero is Mexico’s second poorest and most violent state, with 2,087 reported murders in 2012. Nearly 70 percent of the state’s population lives in poverty and one in three is indigenous.

In this multimedia project, photographer Matt Black explores the social landscape that gave rise to the events of September 26, chronicling the state’s legacy of extreme poverty and marginalization, its history of political corruption, and its culture of violence.