The 138th meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015 at 7pm at Parsons The New School for Design, 55 West 13th St., in the Hirshon Suite, room I205. PLEASE NOTE: THIS WEEK’S NEW LOCATION. Free and open to the public.

Camilo José Vergara on Text & Image Found in the Street.

Acclaimed photographer/sociologist Camilo Vegara will present a slideshow and discussion of urban street drawings, murals and signage collected over his decades of research in New York City, Detroit and Los Angeles.

Camilo José Vergara is a Chilean-born, New York-based writer, photographer and documentarian. Beginning in the 1980s, Vergara applied the technique of rephotography to a series of American cities, photographing the same buildings and neighborhoods from the exact vantage point at regular intervals over many years to capture changes over time. Trained as a sociologist with a specialty in urbanism, Vergara turned to his systematic documentation at a moment of urban decay, and he chose locales where that stress seemed highest: the housing projects of Chicago; the South Bronx of New York City; Camden, New Jersey; and Detroit, Michigan, among others.

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