Men Playing Chinese Chess, by Keith Goldstein

Chinatown is one of my favorite places in New York City to photograph. Despite of gentrification, Chinatown is still filled with old world traditions and still one of the few places that one gets a sense of what New York City was like a hundred years ago. Shops still open onto the street. Many businesses have been around for decades. Seniors gather in Columbus Park for a multitude of social activities. Women play cards while men bet and play Chinese chess. Some games gather large crowds. This game as shown here was between friends.

Men Playing Chinese Chess, by Keith Goldstein

Fujifilm X100T | Exposure 1/1100sec @ f/4.0 | ISO 400 | Focal Length 19mm
Men Playing Chinese Chess, by Keith Goldstein

Award Winner: Photo of the Day | September 28
Award Score: 64.5 (Value 12, Clarity 12, Composition 16, Style 12, Skill 12.5)
Photo of the Day Award Category: Street Photography
Photograph Location: Columbus Park, Chinatown, New York City, New York | The United States

Photographer: Keith Goldstein (Hamilton Heights, New York City, New York) Registered
Keith Goldstein was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1957. Keith was interested in art for as long as he can remember, with his mother being his biggest influence and supporter, encouraging him in his earliest artistic endeavors. Keith’s first connection with photography came about in high school when he was given a collection of photography magazines to draw from. Instead of drawing from them, he began to read them, becoming extremely fascinated with the medium. It wasn’t until he dropped out of college after his second year, and was working in a warehouse, that he decided on photography as a means to creative expression. Keith began studies at night school with David Attie and moved into New York City, receiving his BFA with Honors in photography from the School of Visual Arts. It was there, working with Tad Yamashiro, that he began to experiment with a more emotive way of expression. Wanting to explore this further, Keith went on to continue his experimentation with Carl Toth at Cranbrook Academy of Art. After receiving his MFA in Photography, he subsequently moved back to New York City and began, through a course of personal experiences, to unravel everything that he knew and was for the next 15 years of his life. Keith has been exhibiting his work since 1980. His work has been published in many publications including – ABC News Australia, Now Public, Flak Magazine, JPEG Magazine, File Magazine, Snaps Magazine, SHOTS, Boulevard, Mercury Records, Diversion Magazine, Cadillac Motors, I Magazine, Penquin/Putnam, Simon & Shuster, St. Martin’s Press, and on many book covers. Keith’s tools to finding his place and exploring his feelings towards the world have always been simple – one camera and a couple of lenses. “Being unencumbered does allow you the most freedom”, he says. Keith has been making his living as fine art photographer, a stock shooter, a corporate event photographer, and a photo editor.

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