Gov. Kathy Hochul at the groundbreaking for a hydrogen fuel production facility last month in Alabama, N.Y.; Mike Groll / Office of Governor Kathy Hochul; New York Times, November 29, 2021


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Since 2016, Local Archive has collected thousands of rural newspaper photographs alongside representations of these same regions in The New York Times and Wall Street Journal.

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This collection will continue through 2040, a year in which experts have predicted both the final decline of the newspaper and the decisive shift in demographic and electoral majorities in the United States.

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This work is curated by Matthew Fluharty. He is a member of M12 Studio, Executive Director of Art of the Rural, and an Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Curatorial Fellow.