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LaGuardia photographers take aim at all of Queens

By Tatiana Castellanos

LaGuardia Community College recently opened a student photography exhibit called the “Astoria Project” that focuses on people and places that make up the cultural diversity of Astoria.

The exhibit features 50 black-and-white and color images through the end of June. It will then travel to Europe, Asia and Africa.

Dr. Anna Cieslik, the project coordinator, explains how the project came to life, saying that she wanted to see the neighborhood through students’ eyes and find out how they perceive their community.

The project’s setting is Queens, the most diverse borough in the city.

The photos attempt to capture a sense of the “melting pot” metaphor that is New York.

Most of the photographers who were assigned this task say that they became better photographers for it, as they had never before had to go up to a person they didn’t know and make them their main subject for a photo.

If you go

LaGuardia Gallery of Photographic Arts

“Astoria Project”

Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., through June 29

LaGuardia Community College’s B-Building, Third Floor, 30-20 Thomason Ave., Long Island City

(718) 349-4028

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