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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.

Please head to our new site that offers selections from the archive, video installations, and newsletter dispatches.  

Video: New Salem, North Dakota; August 2018

Across those differences in place, culture, and editorial context, the Archive documents the swift, and often contradictory, forms of change in rural communities – and how these dynamics are misunderstood in the urban-normative national conversation.

Update, November 2022: new Local Archive site has been launched here

Local Archive is curated by Matthew Fluharty. In combining his family’s history of rural journalism with his admiration for the conceptual practices of On Kawara, Fluharty directs awareness toward a photographic form that is both hyper-local and materially impermanent.

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

Local Archive is freely offered to artists, curators, and writers as a foundation for research, education, and creative projects.

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