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January 3, 2019

Fascinating Photos of NYC Street Life in the 1970s by Camilo José Vergara

Born 1944 in Santiago, Chilean-born, New York-based writer, photographer and documentarian Camilo José Vergara began as a humanistic New York street photographer in the early 1970s, when he moved to the city. He focused on the people who lived in the physically ruined neighborhoods.

About this early series, now called Old New York, Vergara later said: “The images of the physical communities in which people live often better reveal the choices made by residents and city officials over the long haul.”

The collection includes many of the remarkable time-lapse sequences that highlight single locations in Harlem and the Bronx in New York City; Camden and Newark in New Jersey; Chicago, Illinois; Gary, Indiana; Detroit, Michigan; and Los Angeles, California.

Take a look at these fascinating photos taken by Camilo José Vergara to see how New York City has changed from the 1970s.

Avenue C, Lower East Side

1148 Longwood Avenue, Bronx

65 East 125th Street, Harlem

65 East 125th Street, Harlem

113 South Bronx

Boy, Morrisania, South Bronx

Bronx River, Bronx

Cadillac Fleetwood, Harlem

Eagle and Westchester Avenues, Bronx

East 167th Street, South Bronx

East Harlem

East Harlem

Fifth Ave at 110th Street, East Harlem

Garage, Bushwick, Brooklyn

Girls with Barbies, East Harlem

Hoe Avenue at 172nd Street, Bronx

Hunts Point, South Bronx

Lexington Ave, Harlem

Lower East Side music shop

Lower East Side, Manhattan

Lower East Side, Manhattan

Militant display window, Bushwick, Brooklyn

On the way to Harlem

Puerto Rican wedding, East Harlem

Social Club sign, South Bronx

South Bronx

South Bronx

View of Lower Manhattan from the Manhattan Bridge

View of the World Trade Center under construction from Duane Street

(Photos © Camilo José Vergara)



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