Bringing together more than 300 color photographs and a series of candid interviews with pastors and church officials, this book explores the conditions, beliefs, and practices that shape the churches and the lives of America's urban poor. A poignant and visually arresting portrait, it shows how religion is being reinvented by the nation's poor.
Camilo Jose Vergara, a 2002 John D. and Katherine T. MacArthur Foundation fellow, is the author and coauthor of numerous books including The New American Ghetto, American Ruins, Silent Cities: The Evolution of the American Cemetery, and Subway Memories. His photography has been exhibited widely and acquired by institutions including the New York Public Library, the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York City, and the Getty Center in Los Angeles. He lives in Manhattan.