Migration, Homes, and Borders

In 2021 a group of LaGuardia Community College photography students began projects based on the theme of “Migration, Homes, and Borders.” This project is part of the larger LaGuardia Humanitarian Initiative on the same theme. They conducted historical research about New York City at the Laguardia and Wagner archives. Each student designed their own project based on this theme and their research. Meeting weekly, they began to photograph different immigrant communities and neighborhoods. The projects explore cultural identity, ideas of home and nationality, and the impacts of gentrification. Their work will be donated to the archives for preservation.

Photographer

René Sing Brooks

René Sing-Brooks, born on the Nicaraguan Caribbean coast in 1961, is a writer, photographer, and digital filmmaker living in Jackson Heights, New York. He arrived to the United States in 1992, invited by the State University of New York to be part of its one-year Oral History Program in the City of Buffalo.

From 1993 to 1995, Sing-Brooks worked for the Coalition for Economic Survival, a prestigious tenants rights organization based in Los Angeles, CA. Soon after his arrival to New York City in 2002, he became part of the Queens-based The Fortune Society —a human development and advocacy organization for people who have been incarcerated— joining its Education Program team and taking charge of Fortune’s computer literacy initiative. Seven years into what would become a fourteen-year tenure, Sing-Brooks developed a Multimedia Workshop that received funding from the New York City Department of Education and the West Harlem Development Corporation.

Rene Sing-Brooks has written for OpenStax at Rice University in Texas, for AM NEW YORK, and for the Pulitzer Center. He is a recipient of a 2020 Pulitzer Center fellowship and a graduate of New York’s LaGuardia Community College Photography Program.

Photographer

Maylyn Iglesias

Born on the Lower East Side and raised in that neighborhood’s hip hop and punk community, Maylyn finds her images by walking (sometimes all night) fascinated by the things people do and leave behind and the endlessly creative ways they find to exist in the city. She is a self-taught photographer, her early sensibilities formed by 80’s graffiti, hip hop, punk, and her mother’s Salsa and Supremes records. Her work has been shown in New York City at Theater for the New City, The Clemente, Rivington Music Rehearsal Studios, Cameras for Science exhibit at LaGuardia Community College, and featured in Brooklyn vs. Hackney at Hackney Picture House, London. She is currently enrolled at LaGuardia Community College pursuing a Photography degree.

Photographer

Shoshanna Soleyn

Shoshanna Soleyn was born and raised in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. She is a Commercial Photography major at LaGuardia Community College. She was first introduced to photography by a friend in 2016, and got her first camera in 2018. She then started to learn how to make images and wanted to learn more about photography. She enjoys doing portrait photography. Shoshanna's favorite photographer is Tyler Mitchell, and her favorite filmmakers are Issa Rae, Ava Duvernay, Spike Lee, and many more. She got accepted for LaGuardia’s Camera for Science for 2021. She looks forward to seeing where photography and film will take her in life. Shoshanna is graduating from LaGuardia Community College in June 2021 and will be attending Brooklyn College for Film Production in Fall 2021.

Photographer

Jeremy Orozco

Jeremy Orozco is a photographer, born and raised in Woodside, Queens. He is currently studying to receive his degree in Commercial Photography from LaGuardia Community College. He is passionate about Photojournalism as well as cultivating images that speak and give light to subjects that are often overlooked. During the pandemic, he converted half of his room to a dark room area so that he could develop film from home. He loves traveling, and would go anywhere in the world as long as his camera accompanies him.​​ Once he has obtained his degree, Jeremy's goal is to work for a big publication based in NYC and move up in the photojournalism world.

Migrations, Boders and Home Video Showcase

    Project Development Team:
  • Molly Rosner, Assistant Director of Education Programs, LaGuardia and Wagner Archives
  • Maureen Drennan, Assistant Professor, LaGuardia Community College
  • Lidiya Kan, Higher Education Assistant, LaGuardia Community College
  • Soraya Ciego-Lemur, Deputy Director, LaGuardia and Wagner Archives
  • Mike Schuwerk, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Art Direction and Design

    LaGuardia and Wagner Archives Staff:
  • Douglas Di Carlo, Archivist
  • Debra Grech, Assistant Archivist
  • Tara Jean Hickman, Adjunct Professor, Social Sciences, Educational Associate
  • Oleg Kleban, Information Systems Associate, LaGuardia and Wagner Archives
  • Isadora Martinez, Front-End Developer, LaGuardia and Wagner Archives
  • David Mezick, Archivist
  • Stephen Petrus, Historian, LaGuardia and Wagner Archives
  • Stephen Weinstein, Assistant to the Director
    Special Thanks:
  • Paul Arcario, Interim President, LaGuardia Community College
  • Tuli Chatterji, Associate Professor, English Department, LaGuardia Community College
  • Richard K. Lieberman, Director, LaGuardia and Wagner Archives
  • Nireata Seals, Interim Provost and Senior Vice President, LaGuardia Community College

This project was made possible thanks to funding from the late Duncan Wagner, son of former Mayor Robert Wagner, who was dedicated to supporting student learning. The students were participants of a larger LaGuardia Humanitarian Initiative studying the theme of "Migration, Homes, and Borders."