Intimate Subjects: Thomas Holton and the Lams

When: Wednesday, January 16, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Price: $12 & up | $10 for Museum Members
The Lam Family by Thomas Holton, "Family Portrait," 2004. Courtesy of the artist.

In this intimate, behind-the-scenes look at our upcoming exhibition, Interior Lives: Contemporary Photographs of Chinese New Yorkers, documentary photographer Thomas Holton sits down with several members of the Lam family, including Steven and Cindy Lam, both subjects featured in his series of photographs, "The Lams of Ludlow Street." Holton and the Lams will discuss their unique 15-year working relationship as photographer and subject in a conversation moderated by Nancy Yao Massbach, president of the Museum of Chinese in America. Afterwards, explore the gallery in an exclusive after-hours viewing.  

This program accompanies our exhibition Interior Lives: Contemporary Photographs of Chinese New Yorkers (opens October 26, 2018). To view all of the programs in this series, click here

About the Speakers:
Thomas Holton is a New York-based documentary photographer whose work has been exhibited in venues such as the New York Public Library, the Griffen Museum of Photography, and the Lishui Museum of Photography in China. His photographic collection, The Lams of Ludlow Street, was featured twice in The New York Times, as well as in Aperture magazine.

Steven Lam and Cindy Lam are two members of the Lam family, the subject of Thomas Holton's series of photographs, "The Lams of Ludlow Street," featured in the Museum's exhibition Interior Lives: Contemporary Photographs of Chinese New YorkersSteven is originally from Hong Kong and immigrated to the United States in 1996. He formerly lived in Manhattan's Chinatown where he was first photographed by Thomas Holton and currently lives in the Bronx. Cindy is Steven's youngest daughter and a first year student at SUNY Plattsburg.


Nancy Yao Maasbach is president of the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA), which is dedicated to preserving and presenting the history, heritage, culture, and diverse experiences of people of Chinese descent in the United States. Prior to MOCA, Yao Maasbach served in leadership roles at the Yale-China Association, Council on Foreign Relations, and the Center for Financial Research and Analysis. 

$15 for Adults | $12 for Seniors, Students, and Educators (with ID) | $10 for Museum Members
Includes Museum Admission

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Groups of 10 or more get discounts; contact us at programs@mcny.org or 917.492.3395.

Accessibility: Assistive listening devices are available and our auditorium wheelchair lift can accommodate manual and motorized wheelchairs (max. capacity 500 lbs). Please contact the Museum at 917.492.3333 or info@mcny.org with any questions.

Our Partners

Interior Lives: Contemporary Photographs of Chinese New Yorkers is organized by the Museum of the City of New York in conjunction with the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) exhibition Interior Lives: Photographs of Chinese Americans in the 1980s by Bud Glick.

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