Friday, July 11, 2008
The Lams of Ludlow Street
is a powerful series of photos by Thomas Holton that documents a first-generation Chinese family in New York City. It's a glimpse into the tiny tenement apartments that have housed NY's immigrants for decades. I used to live just over the Williamsburg bridge and would wander over it into the Lam's neighborhood, peeking into shop windows, wondering at what flickered behind rusty iron gates, and buying fish balls to cook for a bemused boyfriend back home.
These ageing buildings in Chinatown are more fragile than their tenacious inhabitants: the Lams are currently living in a temporary Red Cross-sponsored space after an electrical fire in their building, according to a letter from Holton. He is selling a number of prints from the series to benefit the family, at US$175 each. One source mentions that the offer is only good until July 4th, but perhaps you might persuade the photographer to extend his generosity a bit longer ;)
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