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Chinatown is a prime tourist destination because the Chinese American culture is on display, and this includes is great food, bargain shopping and lots of people-watching. One of the more colorful areas not typically in the tourist guides are the fruit, vegetable and fish stalls along Mott and Elizabeth Streets between Grand and Hester Streets. Though these food stalls are slowly disappearing, being replaced by supermarkets, they are still bursting with activity making them a prime spot for photography.

As is common, people frequently do not like to be photographed. However, while shopping here in this part of Chinatown people concentrate so fully on the selection of goods, they often do not notice me photographing right next to them. This photographic essay shares what I saw as I watched people being themselves as they shopped for food along these colorful streets.