Photography enables me to discover, observe [and] understand things about people and their relationships, and it allows me to capture and hold them forever… It is by photographs, rather than by talking about experiences, that I communicate.Photography is an expression of your individuality. You start with color or black and white. Then having chosen your film, the camera, the lens, the developer, the paper for the final print, you can create an almost infinite number of ways to make a photograph.I enjoy being in my darkroom. There is something in the still darkness that brings out your best creative thinking. You relive your past photography and plan your future… You experience a very special sensation holding the end product…the picture you have printed yourself.
Building on his career as a young photographer in Italy, Borea began working full time in 1957 as a freelance photographer, traveling around New York City on his three-speed Dunelt bicycle. He shot photographic essays of now-demolished New York City landmarks, including the Washington Square Market and the Third Avenue El. He also photographed many other cityscapes, including Central Park, Riverside Park, and the New York City subway system. In his picture-making, he often transformed these locales into studies of abstraction. Borea also produced photographic essays from his travels around the US and abroad.