Deciphering Urbanscapes

Online Gallery of Down These Mean Streets: Community and Place in Urban Photography

Urban neglect was especially visible in the deteriorating condition of city streets. Rather than simply document blight, the photographers gathered here draw out the stories embedded in the physical environment in transformative ways. Frank Espada and Winston Vargas reinterpret abandoned buildings, empty lots, and graffiti as gateways to the memories and experiences of local residents. Oscar Castillo focuses on the purposeful ways residents rebuilt and beautified their communities. Manuel Acevedo and Ruben Ochoa deliberately alter existing images to draw our attention to the features of public space that shaped the lives of local residents.