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Great Book of Photographs from Eli Reed


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This image is was taken in the neighborhood I grew up in, and live in now.  When I see shots like this, they conjure fond memories for me.  But on another level, it is quite depressing because Harlem, where this image was shot, was in terrible condition during this period and many people suffered from living in the environment.  The impact, for many, persists to this day...

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That picture probably rings true for all people who grew up in a difficult financial situation. That looks like a picture I would have been in without the tall buildings. Funny, I wrote a poem about the fact that although we ate molasses sandwiches, ketchup with crackers, and would go to the store for 25 cents worth of souse, that I honestly didn't know we were poor. Reflection is something.

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