Camilo José Vergara

Camilo José Vergara is a sociologically trained writer, photographer and documentarian whose work on low-income, segregated communities in urban America has won numerous accolades. He was a 2002 MacArthur fellow and was the first photographer to receive the National Humanities Medal from President Obama in 2013. His books include Harlem: The Unmaking of a Ghetto (2013), How the Other Half Worships (2005), Subway Memories (2004), American Ruins (2003), and New American Ghetto (1995), which received the American Sociological Association Robert E. Park Award. His most recent book, Tracking Time (2014), documents entire neighborhoods over time in New York, Camden and Newark, Los Angeles, and Chicago, among other cities. By combining visual exploration and presentation with historical and sociological analysis, his work provides not only a lens into these communities, but a new way of seeing.