Back in the early 1990's my father got an audiobook from the library about a German or European immigrant in 19th century New York (I think it mentioned the main male protagonist seeing the Statue of Liberty).
The main character is obsessed with photography, his new camera, and this red headed woman. I remember a scene where he is in bed with the red head, and the father comes bursting in. I believe the father breaks the German immigrant's camera, which leads the German into a fit of rage. Or something like that happens.
I asked my dad years later what the novel or story was called, but he couldn't remember, and he's passed away since 2010, so there's no way of asking him.