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Yucho Chow Studio was a photography studio established in 1907 by Yucho Chow, a Chinese immigrant who paid the discriminatory Head Tax to enter Canada in 1902. The studio operated out of 68 West Hastings Street from 1907-1908, 5 West Pender Street from 1909-1913, 23 West Pender Street from 1914-1929, and 518 Main Street from 1930-1950. In 1935, a fire in a rooming house next door to the 518 Main location caused extensive damage to the studio. Yucho Chow’s sons Peter and Philip took over the studio following their father’s death in 1949, operating out of 512 Main Street from 1951 to 1986, when the business closed. Yucho Chow welcomed clients from any background, and as such, the studio’s work documents diverse communities that have traditionally been excluded from dominant narratives of Vancouver’s history. The studio’s negatives were destroyed when the business closed, and the majority of existing prints reside in the private collections of the families and organizations that commissioned the photographs.
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Born April 19, 1874 in Huntingdon, Quebec. She earned a Bachelor's degree with first-class honours in Natural Science from McGill University. She also earned a teaching diploma. She moved to Victoria, B.C. in 1896. She married Dr. Henry Esson Young, who was B.C. Minister of Education from 1907 to 1916. Died Feb. 2, 1962, in Victoria, B.C.
Thomas Peter Young was born in the 1930s and began working in the film industry as a set dresser in the 1950s. Young’s father Thomas Edward (Tom) Young (d. 1981) was a director of Panorama Productions Ltd., a film production company based at Panorama Studios, a facility established in West Vancouver in the early 1960s. Peter Young worked in the Property Department on numerous productions at Panorama, including The Trap (1965), one of the first major motion pictures produced in British Columbia, and That Cold Day in the Park (1969), directed by Robert Altman and shot in Vancouver. Young also worked on the original Littlest Hobo television series, which was produced at Panorama from 1963-1965.
In the 1970s, Young continued to work as a set decorator on productions at Panorama and elsewhere, and pursued independent film projects. He also became an active advocate for the British Columbia and Canadian film industries through involvement with the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) Local 891 and with the British Columbia Film Industry Association.
Panorama Productions Ltd. and Panorama Studios' holding company Panorama Estates Ltd. faced financial and legal challenges throughout the 1970s, and ceased operations circa 1980. Peter Young continued to work in the film industry, and won two Academy Awards for Best Art Direction-Set Decoration for his work on Batman (1989) and Sleepy Hollow (1999).