Born in 1916 to Russian Jews, Rebecca Lepkoff was raised in the once crowded and low-income Lower East Side of Manhattan. She once worked as a dancer, and in 1939 saved enough money to buy a camera.
With no training, she started capturing the lives and faces of generations of immigrants in the ever-changing neighbourhood of New York. In fact, she still sees no reason to since.
Al Jazeera’s Cath Turner reports from New York.