Feature: Earther (Gizmodo)

Haunting Photos Take Us Back to the Beginning of the Flint Water Crisis

BY Yessenia Funes

“Bridges Over Flint” 023.

“Bridges Over Flint” 023.

Photographer Matthew Brandt traveled to Flint, Michigan, from Los Angeles back in 2016. The 35-year-old was there to take photos of the city for his own interest—and integrate Flint’s lead-contaminated water into his images, quite literally. He used that water to develop his film.

Now, more than two years later, his work is getting a spotlight at the Detroit Institute of Arts “Out of Crate” exhibit. Brandt’s “Bridges Over Flint” series is made up of 24 photographs that depict bridges going over the Flint River, which sparked the city’s lead contamination crisis when officials decided to use it as a drinking water source beginning in 2014.


Matthew Brandt