Glick has recently been resurfacing his photographs in hopes of reconnecting with the people he met during that time. Glick notes a specific portrait. “Among others, I also connected with Vincent Lee, a 35-year-old man whom I photographed sleeping in his grandfather’s lap in 1983. I’d been wondering if/when I would be contacted by the boy in his grandfather’s lap (Vincent). He saw the photo online and contacted me in February 2016.” Vincent took Glick back to the scene of the photo, his childhood home at 9 Eldridge Street.
He met with another man, Freeman Wong, who also saw Glick’s photos online and was delighted to recognize family and friends. Glick said, “Freeman’s response deepened and indeed changed my understanding of the work. When we do documentary photography we often see the photographs that we give back as simply a means to an end. However those giveback photos become part of a family’s personal history. Years later they will remember their loved ones (and even themselves at a younger age) through the photos that we give back. Freeman showed me his iPhone. The wallpaper is the photo that I took 36 years ago.”
Robert Glick is working with Jack Tchen, co-founder of NYCHP and MOCA, to combine his photographs with personal histories to further the understanding of the history of New York Chinatown.
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