Images of Chinatown: Four decades of Photography by Maurice H. Edelstein

San Francisco, CA

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Join us for the Opening Reception of Images of Chinatown  and launch of our new exhibition series on January 13!

Images from Chinatown: Four decades of Photographs by Maurice H. Edelstein

January 13-February 2, 2013

San Francisco- The Chinese Culture Foundation (CCF) is pleased to announce the launch of Episode, a new exhibition series. Episode features guest curators, collectors, artists, and community organizations that exhibit a broad view of diverse works in Chinese culture and art.

As the first exhibition in the series, CCF the Chinese Culture Foundation welcomes Images of Chinatown, photographs by Maurice H. Edelstein. Edelstein’s work was selected to launch the series because of his long-standing photography career that has documented change and transformation in Chinatown. He has also been a respected friend within the community and with the Chinese Culture Foundation.

This retrospective solo exhibition will examine the lives of residents framed by everyday street backdrops. A frequently ignored subject overshadowed by Chinatown as a tourist spot itself, Edelstein’s photography gives the spotlight to the people who live and work within Chinatown, one of the densest neighborhoods in the country. Additionally, historical photos such as the protest of the I-hotel, depicts the activist history and vibrancy of the community.

About the Artist:  Maurice H. Edelstein, a native of San Francisco and dear friend to the Chinese community, Edelstein has been taking photographs for over four decades. His work has been long documented, and has exhibited at the Chinese Culture Center in 1998 and 2004.


About the Foundation: The Chinese Culture Foundation (CCF) was founded in 1965 to preserve, promote and influence Chinese art and culture. The Chinese Culture Center (CCC) opened in 1973 as CCF’s primary program site.

Episode complements the cutting-edge, innovative contemporary work established through the Foundation in its CCCArts Visual Arts program, in exhibitions such as Present Tense Biennial, XianRui, and others curated by the organization.


Exhibition Opening Reception:

Opening: January 13, 2013 from 1pm-4pm

Where: Chinese Culture Center

750 Kearny St., 3rd Floor

San Francisco, CA 94108


RSVP strongly encouraged. Light Refreshments served.