As seen through the eyes of photography students, Queens is more diverse and stunning than previously imagined.
And from now through October 5, "Faces of LaGuardia" gives the public a photographer’s eye view of the people that make up the city’s most diverse borough. The exhibit showcases students from LaGuardia Community College and was launched at the Discover Queens Visitors Center at the Queens Center Mall on Wednesday, September 8.
Sponsored by The Queens Courier and the Queens Economic Development Corporation (QEDC) and Discover Queens, the exhibit includes a selection of large prints that showcase the creative talents of LaGuardia’s commercial photography students and captures the many nationalities making up the student population.
“Faces of LaGuardia is the perfect representation of our institution,” said E. Ramone Segree, Vice President for Institutional Advancement at LaGuardia. “There are 195 ethnicities in the world and 160 of them are at LaGuardia. That fact couldn’t be represented any better than through Faces.”
Many of those diverse faces were on hand to represent their school and to offer their unique vision and inspiration for their work. Alvaro Corzo, who came to the city from Columbia three years ago and recently graduated, said that the great teachers and students at LaGuardia gladly pass on their philosophies and expertise to the rest of the community.
“We all share our secrets and artistry,” said Corzo, who also worked as a journalism and political science student. “It’s a community college, so naturally there is a real community feel about it.”
Juliana Silva, who recently transferred to the New School of Visual Arts, is a media studies major with a mind for nearly every medium available. She’s interned at Fox News as a production assistant, but has always felt that photography reveals the private world of Queens multiculturalism.
“The multicultural side of LaGuardia is a message that I feel is very important to shave,” said Silva, who came to the city from Brazil and now cannot picture living anywhere else. “I feel like I’m a part of something special here – part of a community.”
Joshua Schneps, The Courier’s co-publisher, said that this exhibit will increase visibility for these talented students and their work.
“The Courier is extremely proud to sponsor such an exhibit,” said Schneps. “The talent coming out of LaGuardia is phenomenal and this exhibit shows that these artists can have an impact in the community.”