His work was put on display last week at an exhibition held at LaGuardia Community College, sparking the Queens photographer’s memory of the days he once snapped photos of his mother, stepfather, aunt and cousin, as well as World’s Fair icons like the infamous cable cars.
“When I see these pictures it’s like I am still there,” Barnett said.
His collection includes 22 of his pictures from the historic event, now on display in the LaGuardia Gallery of Photographic Arts, 1st Floor Gallery in the B-Building, at 31-10 Thomson Ave.
Barnett also used a Dynachrome, which was new at the time, that give his photos a unique look, lost in today’s digital age.
“I would print them, a few of them, in a box in a closet in my house,” Barnett recalled. “Most of them are on color slides. I would show some of them to my friends using a slide projector when I visited, but that’s about it.”
The pictures were discovered by LaGuardia’s tenured senior college lab technician and adjunct lecturer Javier Larenas and collected for Barnett’s first solo exhibition, “Fading Images.”
All the praise aside, Barnett said he is just happy to look through his old images and relive the memories.
“This is my life story,” Barnett said. “I loved this fair. Anybody who lived through this knows this was a magical time that brought the world to Queens, literally. A lot of people knocked it as overly commercial, but to us it was exciting. We didn’t want it to end.”
“Fading Images” will be on display until the first week of September.