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by Camilo José Vergara

Author: Camilo José Vergara
Subcategory: Photography & Video
Language: English
Publisher: Rutgers University Press; None ed. edition (September 22, 2005)
Pages: 302 pages
Category: Photo and Art
Rating: 4.1
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The Chilean-American sociologist, Camilo Jose Vergara has spent the past 30 years visiting the poorest urban areas of his adopted country.

How the Other Half Worships is a remarkable, one-of-a kind study that bears close and repeated attention. Books & Culture). The Chilean-American sociologist, Camilo Jose Vergara has spent the past 30 years visiting the poorest urban areas of his adopted country. His passion is to go back year after year and photograph the same buildings. At first glance, his photographs are unremarkable. However, Vergara's eye for detail and beauty come out when looking at entire book of photographs.

Domestically and abroad, America is known as the richest country in the world. It is hard not to be impressed by the standard of living in the nation’s most affluent suburban and urban neighborhoods. Yet, scattered amid stretches that abound in wealth, the country is home to neighborhoods rife with violence, poverty, segregation, and decay.

How the Other Half Worships, Rutgers University Press . FORTHCOMING BOOKS 4, 1996-May 2, 1997 The New American Ghetto: Photographs by Camilo José Vergara.

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by Camilo José Vergara. Domestically and abroad, America is known as the richest country in the world. It is hard not to be impressed by the standard of living in the nation's most affluent suburban and urban neighborhoods.

Camilo José Vergara (born 1944 in Santiago, Chile) is a Chilean-born, New York-based writer, photographer and . Demonstrates Vergara's use of time lapse in recording a site over time. 2005, How the Other Half Worships. 2013, Harlem: The Unmaking of a Ghetto.

Camilo José Vergara (born 1944 in Santiago, Chile) is a Chilean-born, New York-based writer, photographer and documentarian. Vergara has been compared to Jacob Riis for his photographic documentation of American slums and decaying urban environments. Clockwise from top left 1979, 1988, 1997, 2004. Within these blighted urban landscapes, however, there is at least one notable example of plenty: churches.

How the other half worships Vergara, Camilo José. Published: 1 March 2008. by Bloomsbury Academic

How the other half worships Vergara, Camilo José. by Bloomsbury Academic. in Material Religion. Material Religion, Volume 4, pp 94-96; doi:10.

2012, Sun, Feb 26. How the Other Half Worships. Camilo José Vergara Mural on the wall of Iglesia Companerismo de Palabra Viva, Van Nuys Boulevard. Over a period of four years, Camilo José Vergara visited churches in the poorest neighborhoods of the US, taking part in Sunday services and choir rehearsals and conducting interviews with the pastors. The result is a sensitive gical study of faith practices in urban communities beyond the scope of the predominant religious communities.

Camilo José Vergara (born 1944) is a Chilean-born, New York-based writer, photographer and documentarian. In 2005, he published "How the Other Half Worships", the title of which alludes to Riis's pioneering book "How the Other Half Lives" (1890). He was born in Santiago, Chile. Vergara is noted for photographing the same buildings and neighborhoods multiple times over many years to capture changes over time. Vergara won a MacArthur Foundation "genius grant" in 2002 and served as a fellow at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities (MARCH) at Rutgers University in 2003/2004.

The photographer Camilo José Vergara documents large American cities at night. Urban photographer Camilo José Vergara '77GSAS documented the Twin Towers as they rose and became pillars of the city below them. 21 September at 11:07 ·. To him, ‘these nocturnal worlds are both beautiful and terrifying’.

Domestically and abroad, America is known as the richest country in the world. It is hard not to be impressed by the standard of living in the nation’s most affluent suburban and urban neighborhoods. Yet, scattered amid stretches that abound in wealth, the country is home to neighborhoods rife with violence, poverty, segregation, and decay. Within these blighted urban landscapes, however, there is at least one notable example of plenty: churches. They do not always appear as traditional houses of worship, but often emerge from the retrofitted shells of former storefronts, garages, factories, warehouses, domestic dwellings, and public institutions. Regardless of the façade, churches populate America’s poorest neighborhoods.

Bringing together more than 300 richly textured color photographs and a series of candid interviews with pastors, church officials, and congregation members, this extraordinary book explores the conditions, beliefs, and practices that shape the churches and the lives of the nation’s urban poor. Over a period of thirty years, sociologist and photographer Camilo José Vergara repeatedly visited these places of worship and the eclectic mix of buildings that house them. In twenty-one cities located in ten states across the country, photographic sequences coupled with insightful narrative show how ordinary structures assume, modify, and shed a religious character, how traditional churches—if they fail to adapt to new congregations—are demolished, and how new churches are designed and built from the ground up.

Vergara pays special attention to the objects, texts, and imagery that religious leaders make use of to create environments that inspire devotion. Pastors of developing congregations often arrive as crusaders, with missions that cannot be served by traditional religious iconography, and with budgets that force them to use inexpensive materials. In some cases, pastors bring objects of worship from their home towns in places such as Mexico, Puerto Rico, Africa, and the West Indies. Despite the idiosyncratic features and folk decoration that distinguish ghetto churches from one another, however, Vergara shows that, for the most part, they are driven by similar religious agendas. They tend to preach about resilience, avoid involving themselves in national and international events, and consider their truths to be absolute and eternal.

A powerful, poignant, and visually arresting portrait, How the Other Half Worships stands as a stark witness to how churches are being rebuilt in the dilapidated streets of America’s cities and how religion is being reinvented by the nation’s poor.