Fascinating black and white photographs of New York's Chinatown in the 1980s

in Inspiration / Photography

As we celebrate Chinese New Year today, we thought we'd share this fascinating glimpse into New York City's Chinatown in the 1980s. Captured by photographer Bud Glick, the series documents a time when the population of Chinese residents was undergoing some major changes.

Glick explains: "An older generation of Chinatown was being replaced by a rapidly expanding new influx of immigration. As a photographer, my goal was to document the transformation from an older and primarily male community (due to restrictive, discriminatory immigration laws) to a new generation of young families."

Amazingly, Glick's negatives ended up in storage for 30 years and he only recently brought them back to life by digitalising them. All of the images were taken during the early '80s for the New York Chinatown History Project, now known as the Museum of Chinese in America.

On reviewing the historical work, he said: "I wanted to preserve it so it wouldn’t just be sitting in boxes in my home. 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. I saw things photographically that I really liked and saw things that had historical meaning, as well as a personal meaning for me."

Via PetaPixel and Slack

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