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Here Now, a Monochromatic Look at 1980s Chinatown

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Photos via My Modern Met

Photographer Bud Glick, who in the 1980s wandered the streets of New York on an anthropological mission, writes that, at that time, "an older generation" of Chinatown's denizens were being replaced by a "rapidly expanding new influx of immigration." His series Chinatown, NY was his attempt to document the neighborhood's transformation. For three years he brought his camera to the the hub in lower Manhattan, not doing much with the negatives for some three decades. A generation later, he's pulled them out and started digitally editing them. "When you look at images from another time, often many years later, you see things you didn't see before [...] your photographic style may have been a certain way but we also evolve."

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