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I photograph the ruins of urban America | Camilo Jose Vergara

January 21, 2010

Camilo José Vergara is a Chilean-born, New York-based writer, photographer and documentarian. This time, we’re is presenting the photo work Ruins of Urban America, a documentary set of American slums and decaying urban environments.

He says about this work:

“Ruins constantly change. City workers seal windows and doorways and sometimes try to cover up dereliction by painting fake windows and doors on the seals. Scavengers steal carvings, statues, metal pipes, wires, and even bricks and stones. Arsonists often destroy buildings entirely, leaving behind a vacant lot and not even a memory of what stood there before. Abandoned and derelict buildings quickly become hosts to vegetation on their roofs and in their walls. The rain and wind accelerate their descent into ruin. Ruins are potential homes for the homeless and offices for drug dealers.”

He has documented the extraordinary phenomena of de-urbanization, his main work has been conveyed in a website called “Invincible Cities“.

ENJOY!!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 21, 2010 3:10 pm

    Wow, otro trabajo de documentación gráfica genial sobre este tema. Supongo que el abandono urbano encierra mucho potencial estético en la destrucción que refleja, tiene algo de fascinación estética. Precisamente ayer publiqué un post (http://www.ateneonaider.com/blog/manu-fernandez/ciudades-en-desalojo) en el que recogía algunos otros links de fotografías sobre el tema, y este de Vergara podría entrar perfectamente:

    http://www.marchandmeffre.com/

    http://www.ruined-nation.com/

    • arkinetblog permalink*
      January 22, 2010 3:20 pm

      si, manu…totalmente cierto. es algo contradictorio, porque no queremos la destrucción ni el deterioro, pero sí que existe una belleza y atracción extraña al retratarla, o al mirarla sin apego emocional (cuando no se trata de tu propia casa/barrio/etc…p.e.!). muy bueno tu post. saludos!

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