Primarily based in Los Angeles, photographer Emanuel Hahn started documenting Koreatown at a seemingly precarious second within the neighborhood’s historical past. With the consequences of the creeping rise of gentrification being felt deeply, in tandem with the drastic shifts and enterprise closures introduced on by the COVID-19 pandemic, Hahn got down to chronicle the altering panorama and the legacies of first-generation small enterprise homeowners. The completed venture takes the type of a complete e book, together with a phenomenal sequence of photographs, anecdotes, essays, and poems.
“I targeted on mother and pop shops that usually get uncared for within the protection of Koreatown by mainstream media,” he explains. “Whereas many meals institutions get repeated consideration (and rightly so), there have been many extra shops, such because the rice cake retailer, or the hanbok purveyor, that imply a lot to Korean tradition that usually will get uncared for. I needed to raise the experiences of those humble store homeowners that spent their lives serving the group and making Koreatown the culturally wealthy place that it’s.”
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