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

South Bronx
The 'Real' New York: Gritty Scenes Of NYC Street Life In The 1970s
Camilo José Vergara/Library Of Congress

The photographer and documentarian Camilo José Vergara uses photographs as “a means of discovery, as a tool with which to clarify visions and construct knowledge about a particular city or place.” Pictures, for Vergara, are the starting point in asking questions or linking to other images or investigating new territories and ideas.

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.

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East Harlem
The 'Real' New York: Gritty Scenes Of NYC Street Life In The 1970s
Camilo José Vergara/Library Of Congress

Girls with Barbies, East Harlem
The 'Real' New York: Gritty Scenes Of NYC Street Life In The 1970s
Camilo José Vergara/Library Of Congress

Puerto Rican wedding, East Harlem
The 'Real' New York: Gritty Scenes Of NYC Street Life In The 1970s
Camilo José Vergara/Library Of Congress

Fifth Ave at 110th Street, East Harlem
The 'Real' New York: Gritty Scenes Of NYC Street Life In The 1970s
Camilo José Vergara/Library Of Congress

Cadillac Fleetwood, Harlem
The 'Real' New York: Gritty Scenes Of NYC Street Life In The 1970s
Camilo José Vergara/Library Of Congress

Lexington Ave, Harlem
The 'Real' New York: Gritty Scenes Of NYC Street Life In The 1970s
Camilo José Vergara/Library Of Congress

Bronx River, Bronx
The 'Real' New York: Gritty Scenes Of NYC Street Life In The 1970s
Camilo José Vergara/Library Of Congress

South Bronx
The 'Real' New York: Gritty Scenes Of NYC Street Life In The 1970s
Camilo José Vergara/Library Of Congress

On the way to Harlem
The 'Real' New York: Gritty Scenes Of NYC Street Life In The 1970s
Camilo José Vergara/Library Of Congress

View of the World Trade Center under construction from Duane Street
The 'Real' New York: Gritty Scenes Of NYC Street Life In The 1970s
Camilo José Vergara/Library Of Congress

Hoe Avenue at 172nd Street, Bronx
The 'Real' New York: Gritty Scenes Of NYC Street Life In The 1970s
Camilo José Vergara/Library Of Congress

Social Club sign, South Bronx
The 'Real' New York: Gritty Scenes Of NYC Street Life In The 1970s
Camilo José Vergara/Library Of Congress

Lower East Side, Manhattan
The 'Real' New York: Gritty Scenes Of NYC Street Life In The 1970s
Camilo José Vergara/Library Of Congress

Lower East Side music shop
The 'Real' New York: Gritty Scenes Of NYC Street Life In The 1970s
Camilo José Vergara/Library Of Congress

Militant display, window, Bushwick, Brooklyn
The 'Real' New York: Gritty Scenes Of NYC Street Life In The 1970s
Camilo José Vergara/Library Of Congress

Avenue C, Lower East Side
The 'Real' New York: Gritty Scenes Of NYC Street Life In The 1970s
Camilo José Vergara/Library Of Congress

Boy, Morrisania, South Bronx
The 'Real' New York: Gritty Scenes Of NYC Street Life In The 1970s
Camilo José Vergara/Library Of Congress

Hunts Point, South Bronx
The 'Real' New York: Gritty Scenes Of NYC Street Life In The 1970s
Camilo José Vergara/Library Of Congress

1148 Longwood Avenue, Bronx
The 'Real' New York: Gritty Scenes Of NYC Street Life In The 1970s
Camilo José Vergara/Library Of Congress

Lower East Side, Manhattan
The 'Real' New York: Gritty Scenes Of NYC Street Life In The 1970s
Camilo José Vergara/Library Of Congress

Eagle and Westchester Avenues, Bronx
The 'Real' New York: Gritty Scenes Of NYC Street Life In The 1970s
Camilo José Vergara/Library Of Congress

East Harlem
The 'Real' New York: Gritty Scenes Of NYC Street Life In The 1970s
Camilo José Vergara/Library Of Congress

Garage, Bushwick, Brooklyn
The 'Real' New York: Gritty Scenes Of NYC Street Life In The 1970s
Camilo José Vergara/Library Of Congress

113 South Bronx
The 'Real' New York: Gritty Scenes Of NYC Street Life In The 1970s
Camilo José Vergara/Library Of Congress

East 167th Street, South Bronx
The 'Real' New York: Gritty Scenes Of NYC Street Life In The 1970s
Camilo José Vergara/Library Of Congress

65 East 125th Street, Harlem
The 'Real' New York: Gritty Scenes Of NYC Street Life In The 1970s
Camilo José Vergara/Library Of Congress

65 East 125th Street, Harlem
The 'Real' New York: Gritty Scenes Of NYC Street Life In The 1970s
Camilo José Vergara/Library Of Congress

View of lower Manhattan from the Manhattan Bridge
The 'Real' New York: Gritty Scenes Of NYC Street Life In The 1970s
Camilo José Vergara/Library Of Congress

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