|Death: ||May, 2009|
Benjamen Chinn, one of the few Chinese-American photographers to live and artfully document street scenes in San Francisco's Chinatown, has died. He was 87.
Chinn died April 25 at the Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Medical Center, according to Newton Don, his nephew who is the executor of his estate. He was being treated for an infection and died of cardiac arrest.
Often photographing from the doorway of his home in Chinatown, Chinn began training his camera on his neighborhood in the late 1930s, but his most productive years were from 1947-1949 while he was studying at what is now the San Francisco Art Institute.
"Rarely has Chinatown been photographed skillfully, for the sake of art, by one of its own residents - by someone who knows Chinatown up close, as the site of home and work and day-to-day life," Dennis Reed, dean of Fine, Performing and Media Arts at Los Angeles Valley College, wrote in the book "Asian Art in America."
Created by: Coleman
Record added: May 26, 2009
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