An Unlikely Photojounalist: Emile Bocian in Chinatown

December 14, 2020 - December 31, 2021


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An Unlikely Photojournalist: Emile Bocian in Chinatown is a virtual exhibtion co curated by MOCA and the Center for Jewish History (CJH). The show explores the life and photographs of European Jewish photographer Emile Bocian during his time working for the Manhattan Chinatown based newspaper, The China Post.  Bocian's photographs of the Chinatown community, taken between the 1970s and 80s, showcase a vibrant, bustling, and growing immigrant community.  Through this exhibtion we hope to bring attention and awareness to the Chinatown community that is struggling and undergoing another major shift due to the global pandemic. 

An Unlikely Photojounalist is co-curated by Kevin Chu, MOCA's Assistant Director of Collections, and Lauren Gilbert, CJH's Senior Manager of Public Services. 


An Unlikely Photojournalist: Emile Bocian in Chinatown is made possible in part by The David Berg Foundation’s creation and support of The David Berg Rare Book Room, a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor, public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and a Humanities New York CARES grant.


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