Fine Arts Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences School of Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts

Student Pays Homage to NYC in Photo Exhibit

Photo by Ralph Choi

by Madison Mento ‘21

A Whole New World, a collection of photography by Ralph Choi ’21, takes center stage at Hofstra’s student-run FORM Gallery, November 11-18, 2019.

Choi, a biology student at Hofstra who is planning to attend medical school after graduation, hails from Queens, NY. Though his academics are focused on the sciences, there is a special place in his heart for the arts. The 10 photographs on display are focused on the beauty of New York City.

“The main inspiration of the exhibit is my view of the city, which I see as a wonderland. Its iconic structures stand tall during the day and radiate at night like no other part of the world. I wanted to feature the many different perspectives of the city in my photographs – in the air, on land, during the different seasons and times of day.”

Choi says photography has given him a deeper appreciation of the world around him. “When I’m taking pictures, I can’t help but notice the situations that people are facing. Some are very rich and others are very poor. When you gain this kind of insight, you become more grateful for what you have and for the people in your life.”

The FORM Gallery is located on the first floor of Calkins Hall. For more information on this and other FORM exhibits, call the Department of Fine Arts, Design, and Art History at 516-463-5474.

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