In the summer of 1970, French photographer Jack Garofalo (1923-2004) spent six weeks in Harlem, NYC shooting a series of photos for the cover story of Paris Match magazine. His candid street shots document the vibrant sights and culture of Harlem, focusing primarily on the predominantly black residents and their daily lives.
Many of the subjects of Garofalo’s photos were people who couldn’t afford or chose not to leave Harlem during a tumultuous period of migration. In the 1960s, large numbers of residents moved from the Manhattan neighborhood to Queens, Brooklyn, and the Bronx in search of improved housing, better schools, and a stronger sense of safety. Despite the mass exodus that left behind many poor, uneducated, and unemployed locals, Harlem’s life and vitality were in no way diminished. As these striking images show, Harlem still buzzed with bold style, proud displays of heritage, inspiring activism, and a strong sense of community. These photos, which preserve the colorful spirit of that unique moment in history so well, open a window back in time to 1970s Harlem.