The Sunnyside-based photographer takes photos as a hobby but his passion for the craft and for Queens has earned him major recognition in the last few years.
His photos have been featured in Time Out New York magazine, Gothamist, and even a museum in North Carolina.
His shots of Queens are often intimate, stylish and show a side to the borough that many may not be aware of.
“I love taking pictures of Queens,” he said. “It’s considered the most diverse county in the US and it has a laid back quality to it.”
He calls the borough a “hidden secret”.
Goldberg became exposed to photography as a child. His father was a fashion photographer and worked on designer Ralph Lauren's very first photo shoot in the 1970s. He admits he always wanted to do the opposite to what his father did so he didn’t pursue photography for many years, until one day he realized that he couldn’t deny the shutterbug gene in his bones.
Originally from Manhattan, he moved to Astoria in his 20s before relocating to Sunnyside.
“I worked in Manhattan and Astoria felt very European to me at the time,” he said. “You could hang out there for a whole night and never feel the need to go to Manhattan.”
He enjoys snapping photos of the borough because he says, “you never know what you’re going to see. There are some things that are juxtaposed and you’d never expect it. And there’s a mix of so many different kinds of people and cultures, you can really get lost in Queens.”
Goldberg doesn’t claim to be a professional photographer, although his work has been picked up by many notable places. He has traveled to many countries and his photos have been featured in quite a few travel blogs. He didn’t go to photography school but says he might have picked up the creative eye from his father.
A director of literary affairs by day at 20th Century Fox, which requires him to read books all day to determine what could be translated into the next blockbuster film, picking up the camera offers him an escape into the visual world.
“I do it for fun,” he said. "And to accomplish my goal of one million views on Flickr."
Currently, five of his prints of Queens, showing off the quiet Sunnyside neighborhood, are up for sale at Stray Vintage in Sunnyside.
He enjoys walking around Sunnyside for two or three hours, or visiting four or five different neighborhoods in a day.
“You never know what you will stumble upon. It’s not perfect either,” he said of the borough, noting that he wishes it could have more green space. “But there is something lovable about it, knowing that it’s not perfect. It’s an underdog kind of place.”
You can see Goldberg's prints at strayvintage.blogspot.com.
See more of Chris Goldberg’s shots at flickr.com/photos/chrisgold/. Follow him on Twitter, @ChrisGoldPhoto.