A Lens View of Chinatown

San Francisco’s Chinatown is the oldest in North America and the largest Chinese community outside of Asia. It’s also one of the densest neighborhoods in the country, with over 75,000 people per square mile. Chinatown attracts more tourists than the Golden Gate Bridge, yet most people only know it as a place to get cheap commodities, illegal fireworks, or good dim sum. But a new exhibition seeks to shed light on the many untold stories and mysteries of the old district. San Francisco native Maurice H. Edelstein has been shooting photographs for over four decades, and his new retrospective solo exhibition, “Images from Chinatown: Four decades of Photographs,” examines the lives of the people in the neighborhood. Edelstein’s photographs are an intimate view of the everyday life and struggles in the tightly knit community, largely overshadowed by tourism. The exhibition also marks the launch of the new Visiting Exhibition series, featuring guest curators, local and international artists, and community organizations, in order to showcase a more comprehensive view of Chinese culture and art.
Sun., Jan. 13, 1 p.m.; Tuesdays-Saturdays. Starts: Jan. 13. Continues through Feb. 2, 2013

 
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