One of the first people I photographed in Willets Point was Ali. Ali is from Afghanistan and came here after his brother Frank moved to the United States where they started the New Mustang Auto Parts store in Willets Point 15 years ago.
Since then, Frank passed away with cancer and Ali runs the place by himself. He is like a computer with vast amounts of storage and can remember every part he has and where it is located.
Ali has been a constant anchor for me in the neighborhood. He is always there and very welcoming. We have spent many hours talking about life, religion and what is happening in the area. He has let me roam his shop and take all the photos I want.
He is currently the only person in his family working and has children that he supports as well. He is very concerned about the future and what he will do if the area is shut down.
Come see me on January 20th from 6-9pm at Caelum Gallery 508/526 W 26th Street NYC for NYC Street where my work will be on display and I will be participating in a panel talk. The show is presented by Loculars, sponsored by Leica and curateded by Alice Gabriner and James Wellford. https://goo.gl/wb6pTz