Alum Thomas Holton featured in the New York Times Lens blog

Alum Thomas Holton featured in the New York Times Lens blog for his project and recent book 'The Lams of Ludlow Street' . 

In 2003, the photographer Thomas Holton found himself in a fifth-floor apartment in a tenement on Ludlow Street in Chinatown. He was with a local housing advocate, and he asked the occupants, the Lams, if he could photograph them in their 350-square-foot space.

Thirteen years later, Mr. Holton, now 46, is still documenting Steven and Shirley Lam (their preferred American names) and their New York-born children, Michael, Franklin and Cindy.

Mr. Holton’s mother is Chinese; his American father was a travel photographer. This project began as Mr. Holton's master’s thesis at the School of Visual Arts; it will be published as a book next month by Kehrer Verlag, “The Lams of Ludlow Street.”

The Lams of Ludlow Street is an in-depth look at a family living in New York City's Chinatown. In an attempt to better understand his own Chinese heritage, Thomas Holton began photographing the streets and the daily rituals of the neighborhood. However, what began as a more traditional documentary project in the "street photography" genre developed into a much more intimate exploration of a single family's life spanning a decade. It shows the Asian American immigrant experience as well as it is the exploration of a family's turbulent history, which everyone can relate to regardless of race or religion.

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