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Ben Hoste – Good Earth

Sep 22, 2014 - Matthew Rahner

Ben Hoste's documentary project Good Earth: Missouri's Old Lead Belt peers into life around Missouri's shuttered lead mines. A self described "non-fiction photographer" Hoste is "interested in what it means to live in a community established and defined by an industry that no longer exists, especially one that is so tied to the land itself". Hoste is completing a trilogy of projects based in Missouri: Plato, Good Earth, and the Sinews of Peace. Currently, he is expanding upon his project Plato, which documents the people at the median-center of the U.S. population, based on the 2010 census. Hoste is raising funds to distribute a self-published photo-zine showcasing his photographs in Plato. To buy a copy of his zine visit his Kickstarter, and to see more of his excellent photographs take a look at