Crumbling tower blocks and a mansion engulfed by weeds: Photographer spends 40 years documenting the decline of America’s poorest neighbourhoods 

  • These haunting photographs chart the steady decline of America’s poorest urban areas.

Shot by Chilean-born photographer Camilo Jose Vergara – who has spent four decades revisiting the same streets and buildings again and again – they document the metamorphosis of segregated neighbourhoods in cities like Detroit, Chicago and New Jersey.

Mr Vergara, who is based in New York, started photographing and talking to residents about the changing face of their communities in the early 1970s, and continues to this day.

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