Leica Experiences: Nightlife of the Latino LGBTQ Community – New York
Step into a lesser-known corner of Jackson Heights, into one of NYC’s most vibrant communities, in part due to the strong Latino influence, and experience the energy of the LGBTQ community as seen in local nightclubs.
Colombian Documentary photographer, Joana Toro lives in Jackson Heights and has been documenting this community for many years. This is a place hidden from the outside world, one which most New Yorkers are unaware of and do not have an opportunity to see.
Latina culture and many Latin American countries are still not open and accepting of many in the LGBTQ community. This leads LGBTQ migrants to the US to find a safer place. Joana work from this series, “Dressing Room” has been featured in the New York Times and offers a glimpse into an almost unknown yet utterly vibrant side of Latina LGBTQ migrants.
Why take this experience
- See and shoot firsthand, the interactions within the LGBT community, free of boundaries and hardships as individuals transform themselves to something luminous, even sacred
- Get insider’s perspectives, commentary, and access to the clubs, thanks to Joana’s deep connections within the community over the years
- Learn how to approach documentary-style storytelling and work with Joana side-by-side as she engages her subject through the night
- Improve your working knowledge of working in low light while in a live-action environment
- Develop a unique portfolio of images that go beyond NYC’s known subjects
- Shooting in low-light and tailoring your workflow to work in tight spaces lit with artificial strobes
- Creating your own visual story that takes a documentary perspective on a lesser-known, sensitive subject that delves into a private, guarded world of the Latina LGBT community
- Breaking the ice and engaging with club members and long-time patrons
- Seeing and shooting moments – be it on the club’s dance floor, at the bar
- Developing your own visual aesthetic while treading the boundaries of public and private with sensitivity and respect
Location: New York City
Participants: 1 person only
Duration: approx. 3 hours
Inclusions: Club entry fees
Exclusions: Travel to and from the meeting location, any beverages, local transportation
Gear Recommendation: Any DSLR or mirrorless camera of your choice with a fast speed lens, f/1.4
Note: This is a late-night expereiance. Midnight to 3:00a.m-3:30a.m.
Joana Toro Colombian is a self-taught photographer based in both New York City and Bogota, Colombia. Her work explores issues of immigration, human rights and identity and was featured on The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, World Press Photo Witness, Open Society Foundations, and Photoword China Magazine, amongst others.
She worked as a staff photographer with the major magazines and newspapers in Colombia before she migrated to the United States in 2011 to further her career as a documentarian and artist. In 2019 she published her second monograph, Hello I Am Kitty (Tragaluz, Colombia, 2019). Hello I Am Kitty was inaugurated in an exhibition at the Tragaluz and Gabriel Garcia Marquez journalism festival in Medellin Colombia.
In 2020 her work was included in the public collection of The Library of Congress in D.C. Also in ai-ap Latin American Photography and En Foco. It has been exhibited in international photo festivals all over the globe: Les Femmes s’exposent France 2019, Photoville New York, Guate Photo, Guatemala, Just another Festival India, International Photography festival Pingyao China, and more.