Library of Congress Acquires Camilo José Vergara Archive

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Camilo José Vergara, Former Hollingshead Chemical, 16th at Admiral Wilson Blvd., Camden,  2004. Courtesy Library of CongressCamilo José Vergara, Former Hollingshead Chemical, 16th at Admiral Wilson Blvd., Camden,  2004. Courtesy Library of Congress

The Library of Congress has acquired the archives of photographer Camilo José Vergara, who has documented post-industrial cities in the United States for the last 40 years. Vergara has photographed such cities as Detroit, New York, Los Angeles, and Camden, showing how these areas have fallen into ruin and also how some areas have been revitalized. Born in Chile, Vergara earned a BA from the University of Notre Dame and a masters degree in sociology from Columbia University. He is the author several books including, most recently, Tracking Time – Documenting America’s Post-Industrial Cities