Franck Bohbot’s Noir Photography of New York’s Chinatown
The latest series from photographer Franck Bohbot, titled Chinatown, captures downtown New York, after dark. Bohbot shows a whole new side of Chinatown from the usual sidewalk traffic and loud streets, to a late night, abandoned, nightscape. The daytime bustle of shopfronts is replaced by ramshackle rooftops layered with graffiti, locked up shops and deserted alleyways.
The series feels distinctly noir, shot entirely at night and almost completely void of humans. Layered over this scene, neon lettering glows on abandoned, rainy streets, lined with parked cars, showing a whole new version of Chinatown - the night hours. Doorways which go unnoticed during the daytime, are lit up as kitschy store fronts with bargain wedding dresses and blingy hotel entrances, that tell their own stories.
French-born and based out of New York City, Bohbot is a self-taught photographer, whose work studies the relationship between individual and architecture. In this series, he strays from his love of perfect symmetry from previous work, to capture the more asymmetrical tumble that is late night Chinatown.
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By Eleanor Findlay
Images courtesy of the artist.