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New York in the 70’s

Camilo José Vergara visited New York during the Vietnam War, when many Hispanics and Blacks were beginning the movement to end the chains of oppression to become free.


Most of the places Camilo photographed were very dangerous to visit, let alone photograph.

For more please visit artist’s website.

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Abandoned cars sit in the streets of South Bronx, 1970.

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Abandoned cars and buildings in Bronx, 1970.

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Subway, South Bronx, 1970.

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World Trade Center under construction, Manhattan, 1970.

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Bronx River, Bronx, 1970.

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A drunk man lays passed out in South Bronx, 1970.

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Hunts Point, South Bronx, 1970.

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Kids playing with a broken toy in Brooklyn, 1971.

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Cadillac Fleetwood in Harlem, 1970.

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A drunk man lays in the street of South Bronx, 1970. Note: the cigarette is still in that mans hand!

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Avenue C, Lower East Side, 1970.

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South Bronx, 1970.

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Puerto Rican wedding in East Harlem, 1970.

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Kids playing with dolls in East Harlem, 1970.

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View from the subway platform, the South Bronx, 1970.

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South Bronx, 1970.

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Kids playing on an abandoned car in South Bronx, 1970.