Chinatown Through A Wide Lens: The Hidden Photographs of Yucho Chow, by Catherine Clement
“Chinatown Through a Wide Lens: The Hidden Photographs of Yucho Chow,” is the story of one remarkable, early photographer whose work was almost forgotten. Yucho Chow was Vancouver’s first Chinese commercial photographer and its most prolific. His lens captured thousands of faces of all skin colours, religious beliefs and backgrounds and chronicled a tumultuous time in Vancouver’s and Canada’s early history.
This 10-year project aimed to uncover and showcase this lost work. It involved hundreds of volunteer hours searching for his images and finding them one photo at a time, one family at a time, one story at a time.
About the author:
Catherine Clement is a community curator and designer based in Vancouver’s Chinatown. Her work focuses on uncovering and sharing the lesser-known stories of the community. For five years, she was Curator for the Chinese Canadian Military Museum. In 2017, Catherine art directed a Canada 150 exhibit called the “Chinatown History Windows” which brought history to the streets. For that project, she designed and installed 22 large-format, stylized historical photos and stories onto empty storefront windows.