WORLD'S FAIR, NY

When my family immigrated to the U.S. From Argentina, we landed in Queens, NY. For decades, we lived a straight shot 10 minutes away from Flushing Meadows Park in Corona. The carcasses of what was once the World's Fair was a backdrop to many of my childhood photographs. The city didn't spend money fixing it up or caring for it at all. It wasn't until Men in Black was filmed on the Pavilion Towers that some care went into them. Shortly after, they were abandoned again until the 50th anniversary of the 1964 World's Fair was in close proximity. Then people from the community volunteered many hours to clean it up and paint it, so on the big day, after many decades of it being devoid of visitors, its gates would open up and people would be allowed in once again, just for the weekend. Many efforts have gone into preserving the remnants of what was once an elaborate fair that drew visitors from all over the world. This project was photographed using an original 1964 World's Fair Kodak Camera with expired 127 film from the 1960s.

Images taken using a 1964 World's Fair Kodak camera using expired 127 film from the 1960s. Photos taken in 2014, during the 50th Anniversary celebration of the World's Fair & Pavilion.

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