African American pride in St. Albans Queens

The work of photographer Elias Williams is featured in the New York Times. The photos were taken in the Queens neighborhood of St. Albans where Mr. Williams grew up. While the neighborhood is mostly black and middle class, like many communities across the country, it’s been hurt by the 2008 foreclosure crisis.


The result of Mr. Williams’s work is a growing collection of portraiture, documentary and street photography that shows legacy and pride.

“There’s a whole bunch of stories to tell from the people who lived there,” he said. “I feel there are too many photos of black people who struggle in America and there’s not much else.”

There is a quietness in Mr. Williams’s photos, but also the steady strength of day-to-day life. The photos are images of what makes a community home.

You can follow Elias Williams at Instagram.

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