From the time he arrived in the United States from
Chile as a college student in 1965, the photographer Camilo José Vergara
has been haunting, and haunted by, American cities.
He lives in New York but has spent the better
part of the past four decades in Baltimore, Chicago, Detroit and Los
Angeles, urban centers with big, poor, largely segregated minority
neighborhoods. He has also frequented smaller, fallen-apart industrial
cities like Camden, N.J., and Gary, Ind., places he calls "permanent
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