Mel Rosenthal

Photographs from In the South Bronx of America


August 2, 2004December 12, 2004

Location: Special Collections Hallway Gallery

Sponsor: Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library

Artist: Rosenthal, Mel

Against backdrops of rubble, abandoned buildings, and destroyed city blocks, these portrait photographs depict the everyday lives of residents as they struggle to survive "planned shrinkage," an urban planning strategy utilized from the 1960s-1980s to raze residential buildings in older urban areas and replace them with industrial parks.