Camilo José Vergara

Photographer, Visual Artist

1944 –

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Who is Camilo José Vergara?

Camilo José Vergara is a Chilean-born, New York-based writer, photographer and documentarian. He was born in Santiago, Chile.

Vergara has been compared to Jacob Riis for his photographic documentation of American slums and decaying urban environments. Beginning in the 1980s, Vergara applied the technique of rephotography to a series of American cities, photographing the same buildings and neighborhoods from the exact vantage point at regular intervals over many years to capture changes over time. Trained as a sociologist with a specialty in urbanism, Vergara turned to his systematic documentation at a moment of extraordinary urban stress, and he chose locales where that stress seemed highest: the housing projects of Chicago; the South Bronx of New York City; Camden, New Jersey; and Detroit, Michigan, among others.

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Born
1944
Santiago
Also known as
  • Camilo Jose Vergara
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • Columbia University
  • University of Notre Dame

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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