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Forest Hills resident Max Victor Alper, a fine art photographer, has come together with Roman painter Francesco Ferlisi for "Transformations: New York Meets Rome In Art," an exhibition staged to benefit Italian Charities of America, located in Elmhurst.

In "Transformations," Alper portrays unconventional and distorted portraits, many of people who live in Queens and participated in the creation of this series of photographs. Among them were neighbors and friends from communities throughout Queens. Transformation of the faces is achieved through exaggerated expressions, decorative make-up, startling masks, and lighting patterns. Other visual techniques include double exposures, diffusion filters, and reflecting pinpoints of light off glass and mirrored surfaces.

This exhibit — which originated in Rome, Italy, in March 2007 — will be on view at the New Century Artists Gallery, 530 W. 25th St., Suite 406, Manhattan, through May 24. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

A former faculty member and administrator at New York University, Alper has exhibited photographs in numerous galleries throughout the United States and in Europe. He has published two books (Macmillan) which include 100 of his photographs. Alper also has written and narrated a radio series for WGBH-Boston.

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