Finding Chinatown, a solo exhibition of photographs by Sara Jane Boyers depicting Chinatowns throughout the U.S. and Canada, will be presented at the Craig Krull Gallery in Santa Monica beginning Saturday, July 30 through Sept. 3.

An opening reception is scheduled from 4 to 6 p.m. July 30 at the gallery, 2525 Michigan Ave., B3, Santa Monica.

In Finding Chinatown, Boyer’s first solo exhibition at Craig Krull Gallery, the images explore the breadth of cities’ Chinatowns that now range from historic to new strip malls serving the growing Asian population. Throughout her work, Boyers focuses on the detail of the everyday as she examines these portals into the American dream, a gallery spokesperson said.

Over the past decade Boyers has photographed 50 Chinatowns in the U.S. and Canada. The series began in 2001 San Francisco, home to the oldest Chinatown in America and the largest Chinese community outside of Asia. This initial project reminded Boyers of her childhood memories of visiting the Los Angeles Chinatown near her father’s downtown office, and inspired her to begin a tour of Chinatowns across North America, she said.

“I am fascinated by the light, vibrance and history of the Chinatowns. The vitality of each living, changing community and the general welcoming nature of those who pass through inspire me always,” Boyers said.

“What intrigues me most are the still moments, even in the oft-frenetic mist.”

Concurrently, the Craig Krull Gallery will present an exhibition of photographs by John Huggins entitled American Landscapes. Huggins, known for his work in the Polaroid transfer process – the technique of transferring the emulsion from a Polaroid to another piece of paper, explores iconic American locales such as Niagara Falls, as well as emblematic themes like the American flag and baseball.

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