New series by fine art photographer Michael Massaia entitled For Xiaodan – Chinatown Tenements, which he started in 2008 but only recently found a way to print them so it appropriately complimented the series. Although the subject is modern, Massaia has managed to make the images feel like a throwback to a bygone era with his style of toning. All of the images were shot in the early morning on black and white sheet film using a 4"x5" view camera with a severely wide angle lens. Perspective adjustments were done in camera and all the prints are split toned and tinted gelatin silver prints. He states:
Chinatown in New York City feels like the last neighborhood in Manhattan. Both the neighborhood and the tenements in the neighborhood are reminiscent of a more unhinged and romantic New York.See more of Michael Massaia's work at his website.