Eerie Film Noir Scenes Captured on the Streets of NYC’s Chinatown
Manhattan’s Chinatown is easily one of the most famous in the world, a vibrant neighborhood which a special cultural cache that inspires Franck Bohbot’s new atmospheric photo series of the same name. In the photos, Bohbot is looking for an original way of portraying the fabled neighborhood by photographing it in the midst of its nighttime calm.
“In this series I wanted to challenge the notion of Chinatown as crowded and noisy,” says Bohbot, “So I found it especially interesting to try to capture the neighborhood emptied of its inhabitants. It allowed me to look at the area in another way, more contemplatively.”
There are several Chinatowns spread among the New York City metropolitan area, which is home to the largest concentration of Chinese people outside of Asia.Bohbot, who’s been living in New York for a year, found himself interested in Manhattan’s Chinatown after frequently passing through it on his way to shoot other projects. Many of his other series focus on a particular urban theme–theaters, neon signage, basketball courts–which he portrays in tight compositions that try to draw attention to the subject in unexpected ways. Chinatown fits in easily with the previous projects, but also represents a visual departure from them.