Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Camilo José Vergara
Camilo José Vergara has devoted his life to documenting the architecture of some of the poorest areas of inner cities throughout the United States. What makes his work so interesting, beyond the obvious interest in witnessing how the built environment can change dramatically over time, is how it really brings to the fore one of the most unique aspects of photography as a means of visual communication: its ability to stop time, to freeze a moment in an instant, and fix it forever. This makes photography, unlike any other medium, capable of telling this story in a way that makes it very real, plain as day, in a way no other medium can match. Forty years after Mr. Vergara began his project, he has won the National Humanities Medal, which was recently presented to him at the White House by President Obama himself. See more of his very interesting photography at Time's Lightbox blog.