This Tribute To Ellis Island Immigrants Will Leave You Speechless

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A Hungarian artist by the name of Flora Borsi painstakingly photoshopped old images of Ellis island immigrants into modern day NYC and the results are just breathtaking. 

Flora Borsi is a fine art photographer from Hungary. She uses detailed, painstaking photo manipulation to create surreal images that are thematically focused on identity, relationships, emotions, and dreams. The project you are about to see cover all of the above and more.

Borsi’s “The Forgotten Dream” is intended to draw attention to the Immigrants who wanted to live a better life in America. As she says on the projects webpage:

I tried to connect past and present with visualising these people in today’s environment […] Many of them died in Ellis Island while waiting and hoping for an opportunity for a new life […] I created this project as a reminder and commemorate to the 3,500 people who died there.

The amount of work Borsi had to undertake to create these images is incredible. Many of the photos were damaged, first, she had to retouch the scratches before colourizing the sepia photos and finally placing the subjects in the modern day New York City.The results are a stark reminder of the people who died waiting for their dreams to come true, and all of this is offset by the modern landscape, highlighting the hot-button topic immigration has become in the current political climate.

The results are a stark reminder of the people who died waiting for their dreams to come true over 100 years ago, on Ellis Island. All of this is offset by the modern landscape the figures stand in, highlighting the hot-button topic immigration has become in the current political climate. Enjoy.

You can find more of Flora Borsi’s work at floraborsi.com

 

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