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    Consisting of well over 100 riveting portraits taken by LaGuardia Community College commercial photography students, the Long Island City Works photography project captures and celebrates the working men and women of small businesses in Long Island City.

    Armed with digital, film, and view cameras, 29 aspiring photographers knocked on the doors of small businesses offering to take portraits of their workers which included an impressively wide range of occupations such as mechanic, welder, office worker, jeweler, furniture maker, street food vendor, auto repair mechanic, baker, chef, artist, kitchen worker, tireman, and even photographer(!), among others.

    The large prints of the exhibition consist of color and black and white images, in which each subject is compellingly rendered along with his or her working environment.

    “The exhibition is a way for the College to recognize the workers of Long Island City at a time when the country’s economy is facing difficult times,” said Scott Sternbach, director of the commercial photographer program and one of the project developers. . .And it was a way of providing our photography majors with the opportunity to go out into the community and make human connections with people who they otherwise would never have met.”

    A panel of judges consisting of members of the Photography, Business and Technology, and Marketing departments chose finalists from the students’ submissions. A selection of these comprise the exhibition of prints on display in the LaGuardia Gallery of Photographic Arts and other public spaces around campus from November 17 through February 29.

    Viewing hours are Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, please call (718) 482-5985 or (718) 349-4028 or e-mail Ssternbach@lagcc.cuny.edu.
     

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