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Rebecca Lepkoff grew up in the Lower East Side tenements, a neighborhood that was the source of inspiration for her most seminal works. She began photographing in the 1930’s as a member of the prestigious Photographer’s League. Making her debut during the depression, Lepkoff captured the rhythm of the bustling Lower East Side, what was then filled with crowded Yiddish neighborhoods thick with ethnic culture. These became the subjects of her great historical documentation, preserved on vintage silver prints. Ninety-six years old, she is still shooting Latino storefronts in her Harlem neighborhood.