34. A Portrait of Contemporary Travel by Holger Keifel at La Guardia Airport

Photo courtesy Port Authority of New York & New Jersey

Holger Keifel has officially started his residency at LaGuardia Airport’s historic Marine Terminal A as part of his photography project A Portrait of Contemporary Travel, in which he will explore what it means to travel today and what the contemporary traveler looks like. The Queens-based artists invites LaGuardia’s travelers to sit for a portrait and share their personal travel stories with him, the goal being to create an authentic “snapshot” of the diverse group of people flying in and out of the city. Keifel wants to present people as they are, no staging or photo manipulation, in order to tell the real story of people’s lives. He has done similar photo series on professional boxers and 9/11 first responders.

Keifel’s A Portrait of Contemporary Travel is supported by the Queens Council on the Arts and the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, and he will occupy the airport terminal’s studio for the next three months.