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Online Program

Online Lecture: Arnold Genthe — A Photographer’s Visions of Early Chinatown

Program No. 24640RJ
Join us on Wednesday, May 3, 2023, at 2 p.m. (ET)/ 11 a.m. (PT) for a one-hour lecture and Q&A about Arnold Genthe’s early photography of San Francisco’s Chinatown.
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At a Glance

A former architect who fell in love with photography, Arnold Genthe produced memorable photos of San Francisco artists and visiting cultural icons, including Jack London, Sarah Bernhard, Greta Garbo and Theodore Roosevelt. In the late 1890s, Genthe photographed his nearby neighbors in our nation’s first Chinese community, producing more than 200 images that showed its broad scope from opium dens and Tong gangsters to hard-working craftspeople, entertainers, playful children and upper-class merchants. Many of his photos were taken with their joyous consent. The more unsavory images were captured by one of the first-ever uses of a hidden camera. Join lecturer and filmmaker James Dalessandro as he continues to delve into the history of San Francisco’s notable artists.

General Notes

Your online lecture will take place live over the course of 1-2 hours. All times are listed in the EASTERN time zone. If you live in a different time zone, please adjust your schedule accordingly. This live online experience uses Zoom Webinar, an easy-to-use web video service that includes closed captioning. All you need is an Internet connection and your computer. You will receive a confirmation email when you enroll, and a reminder email one week and one day before, as well as the morning of the event with a link and instructions on how to tune in. You will not be pictured on screen during the lecture, but you will have the opportunity to ask the instructor live questions using the Q&A box. Unless otherwise noted, all those who enroll in this program receive access to the live event as well as a recording of the lecture that you can watch any time within the two weeks following the live event.

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