Arnold Genthe The Street of the Gamblers 1896-1906

  • MoMA, Floor 5, 501 The Alfred H. Barr, Jr. Galleries

San Francisco’s Chinatown inspired Genthe to buy a portable camera and take up photography around 1896—only a few years after the end of the Chinese Exclusion Act, which had banned Chinese laborers from immigrating to the United States for a decade. During this period, Chinese Americans were still the target of significant political and economic discrimination. Genthe covertly took hundreds of photographs of Chinatown street life, forming an extensive record that often depicts the neighborhood and its inhabitants in a stereotypical fashion.

Gallery label from 2022
Medium
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions
9 3/4 × 11 7/8" (24.8 × 30.2 cm)
Credit
Gift of Albert M. Bender
Object number
87.1940
Department
Photography

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