Camilo Jose Vergara

Camilo José Vergara has spent more than thirty years documenting poor, urban, and minority neighborhoods across the United States. His projects emerge from what he sees as one big archive--thousands of images he has made since 1977, and continues to make, of the nation's largest ghettos, where at least forty percent of the residents live below the poverty level. His exhaustive research has taken him to Camden and Newark, New Jersey; Chicago, Illinois; Detroit, Michigan; Gary, Indiana; Maine; New York; and Los Angeles.