In the summer of 1970, celebrated French photographer Jack Garofalo spent six weeks in Harlem, a neighborhood that was facing an existential crisis, documenting its residents and their life. Left in Harlem at the time were the people who could not afford or decided not to move since large numbers of Harlemites who were able to escape from poverty had already left for the outer boroughs and suburbs in search of better schools, housing and safer streets.
However, the difficulties and desolation did not mean the neighborhood was lacking in any vibrancy and vitality, as clearly shown in Garofalo’s lively shots. Take a look back at the place in 1970 through 28 photographs below:
A group wearing boubous pose in front of the store of Allen Montego.
A group of boys wearing multi-colored toques and tunics on street.
People at the exhibition of Falayemi at the Harlem Gallery.
Painter Falayemi posing in front of the Harlem Art Gallery which he opened.
A hairdresser combing the new trendy wig for his client.