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.