In 2014 New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art showcased previously undeveloped rolls of film from Mid-century american street photographer Garry
Photographer Camilo Jose Vergara has been documenting life in urban American since the Nixon administration. As he says, “For more than four decades I have devoted myself to photographing and documenting the poorest and most segregated communities in urban America. I feel that a people’s past, including their accomplishments, aspirations and failures, are reflected less in the faces of those who live in these neighborhoods than in the material, built environment in which they move and modify
On an early Spring morning I met a friend at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. We had decided to get together during a weekday at the time of opening to drift through the museum. At 10AM the MET is a tranquil place. While attending Pratt I visited the MET with great regularity, but not recently. It’d been almost a year since I had last, and for the first time, the moment I approached the MET’s beautiful front plaza on Fifth Avenue, the museum felt very familiar to me.
I decided to try something new: I didn’t take a map with me through the museum. (more…)Read More