Camilo Vergara

Camilo José Vergara is a 2002 MacArthur fellow whose books include American Ruins and How the Other Half Worships. You can see more of his photos on his Web site and can contact him at

Sept. 5 2012 2:18 PMMurals of President Obama From the Past Three Years
Feb. 15 2011 10:18 AMMartin Luther King Jr. Painted on the WallAmazing murals of black history from America's inner cities.
Jan. 15 2010 9:31 AMAmerican RuinsNature is taking back these buildings.
Oct. 30 2009 7:08 AMThe Last Picture ShowThe surprising beauty of portraits on gravestones.
Sept. 10 2009 7:01 AMTiny TowersThe World Trade Center appeared in my photographs, but in the distance.
June 11 2009 6:47 AMThe Harlem That Was Photographs of New York's most interesting neighborhood in its most neglected age.
April 10 2009 6:58 AMWhat's Missing in CH … CH? UR.Photographs of great church signs.
March 5 2009 6:35 AMPaired Houses, but One Is AbandonedA photo essay.
Jan. 14 2009 3:11 PMLong, Low, Wide, and SinkingPhotographs of GM cars alive, dead, and reborn.
Sept. 4 2012 6:16 PMThe Murals of Obama’s First TermSometimes the president is a preacher; sometimes he looks Latino.
Oct. 11 2010 4:12 PMYou've Lost Your GlowPhotographs of broken neon signs.
Dec. 3 2009 10:02 AM125th and LexThe most complicated, disturbing, and lively intersection in New York City. A photo essay.
Oct. 8 2009 6:55 AMIron Bars and Razor WireThe forbidding, prisonlike architecture of ghetto day care centers.
June 26 2009 7:20 AMHomage to Kodachrome 64They just discontinued the film that changed my photography career.
May 14 2009 7:00 AMBanks, RebornWhen banks become funeral homes, churches, and strip clubs.
March 17 2009 10:34 AMMotor CityPower wheelchairs are the best vehicles for navigating the urban jungle.
Feb. 11 2009 11:32 AMWhite, Black, and GangstaThe extraordinary life of a Chicago neighborhood's Abraham Lincoln statue.



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The autonomous Google car may never actually happen.

Where Ebola Lives Between Outbreaks

Gunman Killed Inside Canadian Parliament; Soldier Shot at National Monument Dies

Sleater-Kinney Was Once America’s Best Rock Band

Can it be again?

The Simpsons World App Is Here, and Nearly Perfect


“I’m Not a Scientist” Is No Excuse

Politicians brag about their ignorance while making ignorant decisions.


The Right to Run

If you can vote, you should be able to run for public office—any office.

In Praise of 13th Grade: Why a Fifth Year of High School Is a Great Idea 

Renée Zellweger’s New Face Is Too Real

  News & Politics
The World
Oct. 22 2014 2:05 PM Paul Farmer Says Up to Ninety Percent of Those Infected Should Survive Ebola. Is He Right?
Continuously Operating
Oct. 22 2014 2:38 PM Crack Open an Old One A highly unscientific evaluation of Germany’s oldest breweries.
Oct. 22 2014 4:45 PM Welcome to 13th Grade! Several Oregon high schools are offering a fifth year of high school. Every district should consider it.
  Double X
The XX Factor
Oct. 22 2014 4:27 PM Three Ways Your Text Messages Change After You Get Married
  Slate Plus
Tv Club
Oct. 22 2014 5:27 PM The Slate Walking Dead Podcast A spoiler-filled discussion of Episodes 1 and 2.
Brow Beat
Oct. 22 2014 4:10 PM Skinny Mark Wahlberg Goes for an Oscar: The First Trailer for The Gambler
Future Tense
Oct. 22 2014 5:33 PM One More Reason Not to Use PowerPoint: It’s The Gateway for a Serious Windows Vulnerability
  Health & Science
Wild Things
Oct. 22 2014 2:42 PM Orcas, Via Drone, for the First Time Ever
Sports Nut
Oct. 20 2014 5:09 PM Keepaway, on Three. Ready—Break! On his record-breaking touchdown pass, Peyton Manning couldn’t even leave the celebration to chance.