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

South Bronx

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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

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Girls with Barbies, East Harlem

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Puerto Rican wedding, East Harlem

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Fifth Ave at 110th Street, East Harlem

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Cadillac Fleetwood, Harlem

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Lexington Ave, Harlem

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Bronx River, Bronx

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South Bronx

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On the way to Harlem

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View of the World Trade Center under construction from Duane Street

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Hoe Avenue at 172nd Street, Bronx

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Social Club sign, South Bronx

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Lower East Side, Manhattan

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Lower East Side music shop

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Militant display, window, Bushwick, Brooklyn

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Avenue C, Lower East Side

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Boy, Morrisania, South Bronx

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Hunts Point, South Bronx

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1148 Longwood Avenue, Bronx

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Lower East Side, Manhattan

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Eagle and Westchester Avenues, Bronx

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East Harlem

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Garage, Bushwick, Brooklyn

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113 South Bronx

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East 167th Street, South Bronx

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65 East 125th Street, Harlem

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65 East 125th Street, Harlem

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View of lower Manhattan from the Manhattan Bridge

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