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Through the Magpie Eye: The Block by Herb Goro

Published: Wed May 28 2014

The Block is a hard-hitting book-shaped slab of photojournalism straight off the litter-strewn streets of 1960s New York. Made by a social worker-turned-photographer by the name of Herb Goro, it tells the story of the inhabitants of an East Bronx slum through both photos and interviews with the residents. To be honest, it’s fairly depressing stuff, but you can’t deny the pictures are pretty good.

Old copies can be hunted down fairly cheaply over on Amazon, but for those who crave instant gratification I’ve taken the liberty of scanning in some of the standout shots.