Anny Lugo
Anny Lugo
Marlett Reyes
Tseten Lama

Maya Guadarrama, Tseten Lama, Anny Lugo, Isa Newman-Rodriguez, Kelly Ojeda, Emily Olaechea, Alma Reyes, Marlett Reyes, Leslie Sanchez-Huerta

During the summer of 2021, Back to the Lab hosted a free photography workshop for teens in Queens. Students from the Jackson Heights and Elmhurst areas ranging from ages 14-18 participated in a two-week intensive beginner photography workshop located at Forte Prep Academy. Led by photography teachers Sandra Riaño and Salvador Espinoza, students learned how to use DSLRs, as well as photography theory and history. Students also learned about the rich histories of the Jackson Heights and Elmhurst communities from local photographers, organizations, and activists. Throughout the workshop, students were led on tours of the neighborhood and had the opportunity to learn about community gardens, workers’ collectives, small business owners, and street vendors. They set out to collectively document the neighborhood and surrounding areas using the photography skills they learned.

Durante el verano de 2021, Back to the Lab organizó un taller de fotografía gratuito para adolescentes en Queens. Los estudiantes de las áreas de Jackson Heights y Elmhurst con edades comprendidas entre los 14 y los 18 años participaron en un taller intensivo de fotografía para principiantes de dos semanas ubicado en Forte Prep Academy. Dirigidos por los profesores de fotografía Sandra Riaño y Salvador Espinoza, los estudiantes aprendieron a usar las DSLR, así como teoría e historia de la fotografía. Los estudiantes también aprendieron sobre la rica historia de las comunidades de Jackson Heights y Elmhurst de la mano de fotógrafos, organizaciones y activistas locales. A lo largo del taller, los estudiantes realizaron recorridos por el vecindario y tuvieron la oportunidad de aprender sobre jardines comunitarios, colectivos de trabajadores, propietarios de pequeñas empresas y vendedores ambulantes. Usando las habilidades fotográficas que aprendieron, se dispusieron a documentar colectivamente el vecindario y las áreas circundantes.

This program was made possible (in part) by the Queens Council on the Arts with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council and the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Foundation.


  • Photoville


    Photoville is a New York-based non-profit organization that works to promote a wider understanding and increased access to the art of photography and visual storytelling by producing a free annual festival, amplifying impactful narratives, and connecting artists to a wide global audience by activating accessible public spaces via large scale exhibitions.

    Proudly devoted to cultivating strategic partnerships and creative collaborations with community spirit, UPI approaches its mission of cultivating a wide, diverse audience for powerful photographic narratives by working closely with visual artists, city agencies, nonprofit organizations and educators worldwide to create new exhibition and public art opportunities that showcase thought-provoking, challenging, and exceptional photography. For more information about Photoville visit,

  • PhotoWings


    We’re honored to continue our partnership with Photoville for our 6th consecutive year, and to celebrate Photoville’s 11th edition!  Each year Photoville provides so many rich, unique, and diverse experiences in and around photography–PhotoWings is thrilled to help enrich this community as Education Partners.

    Our mission is to highlight and help facilitate the power of photography to influence the world. We help photography to be better understood, created, utilized, seen, and saved. We are dedicated to utilizing the power of photography to further deep thinking, communication, and action.

    The PhotoWings Outreach Program and our extensive media archive have myriad educational applications and possibilities, including projects from partners that cross disciplines, generations, and cultures. We also create toolkits/curricula for replication, adaptation and/or inspiration.

    PhotoWings has partnered to document the Photoville Talks for the past five years, to expand the ways the global community can be a part of these important dialogues. Explore the collection of Photoville Talks today!

    Be sure to check out all the Photoville Resources that have been supported in partnership with PhotoWings

    And for more information about PhotoWings, you can visit


  • Back to the Lab

    Back to the Lab

    Back to the Lab is a community-driven organization for photographers seeking to hone their skills and craft their vision. We blend photographic technique with an understanding of the language of photography. We provide resources for photographers in the form of workshops, artist talks, meet-ups, and one-on-one mentoring.

    Back to the Lab aims to develop and expand on the interest in photography particularly with youth in our communities. Through free photography workshops, we strive to help open a new realm of possibilities in how future generations can share their stories through photography.

Un Verano en Queens / A Summer in Queens

 archive : 2022

Featuring: Various Artists

Curated by: Sandra Riaño Salvador Espinoza

Presented by: Back to the Lab and Photoville, in partnership with PhotoWings
  • Photoville
  • PhotoWings
  • Back to the Lab

Supported by:

  • Jacques and Natasha Gelman Foundation
  • Queens Council on the Arts
  • Forte Prep Academy
  • Mira – Latinx Photography Archive
View Location Details Number 48 on the official photoville map Click to download this year's map Travers Park

76-9 34th Ave, off 77th St

  • Monday 6:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Tuesday 6:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Wednesday 6:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Thursday 6:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Friday 6:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Saturday 6:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Sunday 6:00 am - 9:00 pm

Recipient of the 2022 Photoville & PhotoWings Educator Exhibition Grant

This program was made possible with support from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Foundation, Queens Council on the Arts, and Forte Prep Academy.

Thank you to:

Forte Prep Academy

New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE)

Queens New Roots

Mira – Latinx Photography Archive

Kamal Badhey, Wendy Correa, Roy Martinez, Destiny Mata, Bonny Melendez, Leticia Ochoa, Frankie Perez, Willie Velazquez

This website was made possible thanks to the generous support and partnership of Photowings