The ‘Real’ New York: Gritty Scenes Of New York Street Life In The 1970s


Camilo José Vergara is a photographer and documentarian. He uses photographs as “a means of discovery as a tool with which to clarify visions and construct knowledge about a particular city or places. Born in Santiago, Chile in 1944, Vergara started his career as a photographer after he arrived in New York City during the 1960s. In 1970, Vergara began documenting New York street life capturing the children, families and communities living among the city’s urban decay. Vergara’s photographs showed parts of New York that looked like bombed-out war zones, deprived areas suffering the worst of both city and state indifference.

1 South Bronx
New York street life
Camilo José Vergara
2 East Harlem
New York street life
Camilo José Vergara
3 Girls with Barbies, East Harlem
New York street life
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4 Puerto Rican wedding, East Harlem
New York street life
Camilo José Vergara
5 Fifth Ave at 110th Street, East Harlem
New York street life
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6 Cadillac Fleetwood, Harlem
New York street life
Camilo José Vergara
7 Lexington Ave, Harlem
New York street life
Camilo José Vergara
8 Bronx River, Bronx
New York street life
Camilo José Vergara
9 South Bronx
New York street life
Camilo José Vergara
10 On the way to Harlem
New York street life
Camilo José Vergara

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