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HARLEM: THE UNMAKING OF A GHETTO -- CAMILO JOSE VERGARA. Timothy J. Gilfoyle. University of Chicago Press, 2013. Historical Studies of Urban America. 364 pp. with 270 col. ills. 24 x 29 cm. LC 2013-13418 ISBN 9780226853369 In English.
Publisher's description: For more than a century, Harlem has been the epicenter of black America, the celebrated heart of African American life and culture... Photographer Camilo Jose Vergara has been chronicling the neighborhood for forty-three years, and Harlem: The Unmaking of a Ghetto is an unprecedented record of urban change. Vergara began his documentation of Harlem in the tradition of such masters as Helen Levitt and Aaron Siskind, and he later turned his focus on the neighborhood's urban fabric, both the buildings that compose it and the life and culture embedded in them. By repeatedly returning to the same locations over the course of decades, Vergara is able to show us a community that is constantly changing -- some areas declining, as longtime businesses give way to empty storefronts, graffiti, and garbage, while other areas gentrify, with corporate chain stores coming in to compete with the mom-and-pops... Woven throughout the images is Vergara's own account of his project and his experience of living and working in Harlem.
Artist(s):Vergara, Camilo Jose
Indexing: Western — Chile, United States — Post-1970 — Photography
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 155209
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