New York's Chinatown in the Early 1980s

From 1981 to 1984, photographer Bud Glick worked on a photography project as part of the New York Chinatown History Project, now the Museum of Chinese in America. An older generation of Chinatown was being replaced by a rapidly expanding new influx of immigrants. His goal was to document the transformation from an older and primarily male community (due to restrictive and discriminatory immigration laws) to a new generation of young families. Now, 30 years later, Glick began scanning and making large prints of the Chinatown negatives. "It's exciting to revisit personal work that I did more than 30 years ago and interpret it digitally, a process that allows me the ability to get more out of a negative than I ever could in the darkroom. I'm able to give new life to old work. More importantly, time has changed me and the way that I see the work. I've found images, overlooked in the past, that due to the passage of time have taken on new meaning and import". Glick's intimate portraits of Chinese immigrants on the streets, at work, and at home, are amazing documents that capture a specific moment in time, a small chapter in the story of the American experience. [22 photos total]

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Celebrating Chinese New Year on Bayard St., in New York City's Chinatown, in 1984. (© Bud Glick) #
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Storefronts on Catherine St, 1981. (© Bud Glick) #
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Bachelor Apartment, Mr. Ng, Bayard St., 1982. (© Bud Glick) #
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Henry St., 1982. (© Bud Glick) #
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Division St., 1982. (© Bud Glick) #
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Columbus Park, 1983. (© Bud Glick) #
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Funeral, 1982. (© Bud Glick) #
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Chinatown, 1982. (© Bud Glick) #
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Left: Tony, Catherine St., 1981. Right: Mrs. Chiu in her apartment, 1981. (© Bud Glick) #
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Garment Factory, 1983. (© Bud Glick) #
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Big Tall Chin, Sam Wah Laundry, Bronx, 1982. (© Bud Glick) #
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Mott St., 1982. (© Bud Glick) #
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Bachelor Apartment, Bayard St., 1982. (© Bud Glick) #
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Bachelor Apartment, Bayard St., 1982. (© Bud Glick) #
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Bachelor Apartment, Bayard St., 1982. (© Bud Glick) #
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Bachelor Apartment, Bayard St., 1982. (© Bud Glick) #
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Bachelor Apartment, Mr. Ng, Bayard St., 1982. (© Bud Glick) #
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Rebecca with her children in their kitchen, 1982. ` (© Bud Glick) #
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Chinese New Year, Mott St., 1984. (© Bud Glick) #
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Columbus Park, 1983. (© Bud Glick) #
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Wah Nan Co., 46 Mulberry St., 1982. (© Bud Glick) #
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On the F Train, 1982. (© Bud Glick) #

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