An image taken by Yucho Chow of a Sikh family, surnamed Johal, in his photo studio in Vancouver, Canada. Chow set up his business in the city’s Chinatown in 1906, where he photographed people of various ethnic backgrounds – migrants making a new life, like him. Photo: Yucho Chow Community Archive An image taken by Yucho Chow of a Sikh family, surnamed Johal, in his photo studio in Vancouver, Canada. Chow set up his business in the city’s Chinatown in 1906, where he photographed people of various ethnic backgrounds – migrants making a new life, like him. Photo: Yucho Chow Community Archive
An image taken by Yucho Chow of a Sikh family, surnamed Johal, in his photo studio in Vancouver, Canada. Chow set up his business in the city’s Chinatown in 1906, where he photographed people of various ethnic backgrounds – migrants making a new life, like him. Photo: Yucho Chow Community Archive
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Vancouver Chinese-Canadian photographer’s portraits of immigrants – black, Chinese, Sikh – a reminder of their role in building the city

  • A curator’s curiosity was piqued when she kept coming across portraits of immigrant families in Vancouver taken by a Chinese Canadian, Yucho Chow
  • Catherine Clement soon learned he hadn’t only shot Chinese subjects, and bit by bit uncovered Chow’s own story – that of a scrappy migrant, like his subjects

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An image taken by Yucho Chow of a Sikh family, surnamed Johal, in his photo studio in Vancouver, Canada. Chow set up his business in the city’s Chinatown in 1906, where he photographed people of various ethnic backgrounds – migrants making a new life, like him. Photo: Yucho Chow Community Archive An image taken by Yucho Chow of a Sikh family, surnamed Johal, in his photo studio in Vancouver, Canada. Chow set up his business in the city’s Chinatown in 1906, where he photographed people of various ethnic backgrounds – migrants making a new life, like him. Photo: Yucho Chow Community Archive
An image taken by Yucho Chow of a Sikh family, surnamed Johal, in his photo studio in Vancouver, Canada. Chow set up his business in the city’s Chinatown in 1906, where he photographed people of various ethnic backgrounds – migrants making a new life, like him. Photo: Yucho Chow Community Archive
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