The Evasive Bodies of May's Photo Studio: Images from Chinatown

Sponsored by Bill Lane Center for the American West


Thursday, November 30, 2017
4:15 pm – 6:00 pm
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Fisher Conference Center, Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center, 326 Galvez Street
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Note the new time: begins at 4:15pm

Join us for a lecture presented by Professor Marci Kwon (Art & Art History) as part of the Bill Lane Center for the American West’s ArtsWest series.

As described by Professor Kwon, “This lecture will explore the remarkable body of photographs produced by May’s Photo Studio, the first Chinese-run photography studio in San Francisco’s Chinatown. From its opening in 1923 until the mid-1960s, wife-and-husband Isabella May Lee and Leo Chan documented weddings, special events, Cantonese opera productions, and even produced erotic photographs for Chinese immigrants at the height of the Chinese Exclusion Act. The resulting archive, currently housed in Stanford Special Collections, offers an unprecedented snapshot of daily life in San Francisco Chinatown from the perspective of its inhabitants, akin to James Van Der Zee’s famed photographs of Harlem.”

Following the lecture, there will be a reception and viewing of a pop-up exhibition featuring images from Stanford’s Special Collections archive. 

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Image courtesy of Stanford University Special Collections

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