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Then and Now: Watch These Chicago Buildings Change Over Three Decades

January 09, 2015
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Chilean-born photographer Camilo José Vergara has been documenting street life in the United States for over 40 years, and now over 400 of his images have been digitized and made available on the Library of Congress’ online archives. Vergara visited major U.S. cities like New York, Los Angeles, Detroit and Chicago to document the changes that took place over the decades. In Chicago, Vergara captured a time lapse of sections of the former Cabrini-Green, the Robert Taylor Homes and a small West Garfield Park church changing, or in some cases, disappearing over the years. Other themes Vergara has highlighted in his work are religion, murals and public art, cemeteries and barber shops.

4344 W. Madison St.
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[4344 W. Madison, 1981]

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[4344 W. Madison, 1983]

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[4344 W. Madison, 1987]

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[4344 W. Madison, 1988]

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[4344 W. Madison, 1989]

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[4344 W. Madison, 2003]

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[4344 W. Madison, 2009]

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[4344 W. Madison, 2011]

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[4344 W. Madison, 2014]

1117 N. Cleveland St.
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[1117 N. Cleveland, 1988]

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[1117 N. Cleveland, 1995]

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[1117 N. Cleveland, 1998]

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[1117 N. Cleveland, 1999]

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[1117 N. Cleveland, 2000]

Robert Taylor Homes
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[Robert Taylor Homes, 1988]

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[Robert Taylor Homes, 2000]

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[Robert Taylor Homes, 2007]

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[Robert Taylor Homes, 2014]

·Bringing Time-Lapse Photo Studies Into Real Time, Online [NYT]
·Camilo José Vergara Photographs: Tracking Time to Document America’s Post-Industrial Cities [Library of Congress]

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