2017-08-02 / Features

1950s Flushing Photographer Honored With Town Hall Exhibit

Flushing resident Frank Oscar Larson was a first-generation Swedish immigrant and family man who worked as a banker by workday and amateur photographer by weekend.  

In 2009, Larson’s grandson, Soren, was given a box of undeveloped negatives.

In addition to uncovering a wealth of family photos, Larson was surprised to find hundreds of photographs depicting 1950s life in New York City, fully revealing his grandfather’s talent behind the lens.

Titled “Taking it to the Streets: 1950s New York Through the Lens of Flushing Photographer Frank Oscar Larson,” the exhibit features photos depicting the city’s diversity. Viewers can also see some of the borough’s familiar sites, including Flushing Kissena Park and the Astoria pool, as they appeared mid-century as well business in downtown Flushing.

 “When viewed over 60 years later, we still see ourselves in Larson’s work, even if New York has changed around us,” said Flushing Town Hall’s director of education and public programs, Gabrielle Hamilton, who curated the event with Richard Hourahan, collections manager for the Queens Historical Society.

The exhibit will be on display until Aug. 6 and includes over 30 of Larson’s photographs. Gallery hours are on Saturdays and Sundays between noon and 5 p.m. The exhibit is free, with a $5 suggested donation.

Flushing Town Hall is located at 137-35 Northern Blvd. For more information, visit Flushing Town Hall’s website or call 718-463-7700 extension 222.

–Jason D. Antos

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