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A New TV Show Looks at Family Albums Across the USA

In this way, a kind of Americanism underlies Family Pictures USA, and it is indeed embedded in sentimental responses to family photographs of ancestors. According to the French historian Ernest Renan, the cult of ancestors is at the very core of a nation. In the United States, the White, male founding fathers have shaped perceptions of America’s foundation as British and Western European. The new Americanism presented in Family Pictures USA challenges this ancestral history. 

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Why You Should Be Watching Family Pictures USA on PBS

[Thomas Allen Harris] unburies opulent individual stories which are crucial in expanding the comprehension of our shared past. Thomas Allen Harris exposes the shared diversity and universal values of American people; he portrays that every American is laced to another.

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Family Pictures USA Unearths Rich Personal Stories

Family photos of everyday milestones—marriage, childhood, a new car, a growing business—provide a visual portal for examining our roots. They also expose the surprising connections and provocative parallels of our past, informing our shared future. Family Pictures USA, a new WGBH series, unearths rich personal stories that expand understanding of our history, diversity and common values.

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How Family Pictures USA tells stories of people and places through their photos

[Family Pictures USA] weaves a narrative from people’s photos, sometimes using them to illustrate history, and more often diving into them to explore the connections between people and places.

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“The family album allows us all to start from a certain common space,” he said. In a recent interview, Harris discussed the family album in understanding identity and how his series responds to the concept of the United States as a “divided country.” 

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‘Family Pictures USA,’ an exploration of community through photographs, makes PBS debut on August 12

Harris visited dozens of cities across the United States creating shared experiences of familial pride that made for compelling content for “Family Pictures USA,” which showcases families in Detroit, North Carolina and Florida.

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Scrapbooks and racial histories tell America’s story in PBS’ ‘Family Pictures USA’

In a time of rage and racial division, filmmaker Thomas Allen Harris has been traveling the country and thumbing through family scrapbooks for a documentary that reveals how intertwined Americans are through shared histories and defining struggles that stretch from Southern plantations to Detroit car factories.

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New Reality Show Mines Family Albums for Black History

The brainchild of filmmaker and artist Thomas Allen Harris, Family Pictures USA is the latest outgrowth of an award-winning body of work from this director who has always been driven by a desire to bring the largely hidden and neglected history of black people in America into the light.

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The Hidden Histories Buried in Your Family’s Photo Album

Family pictures often illustrate everyday milestones — like birthday parties, weddings or family reunions. But they can also illuminate deep and complex stories about communities, values and identity. 

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Keeping the face: ‘Family Pictures USA’ brings Southwest Florida into sharper focus

We see family photos as highly personal. Yet their sepia-Kodachrome DNA soaks up our community, its culture and its history. Southwest Florida is about to demonstrate that on national television. 

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The 5 New TV Shows You Can’t Miss in August

These days family pictures are just a touch away on our phones. Maybe you create a holiday card or calendar out of them but family albums, like the one my parents have of my first year, are in many ways a thing of the past. Photographer Thomas Allen Harris worries that much is getting lost in the digital age.

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Family Pictures USA has a treat in store for A Chef’s Life Fans

“On August 12, “Family Pictures USA” premieres on PBS. The show travels the country to dig into family photo albums, revealing more than just quirky hairdos and baby pictures. Thomas Allen Harris, host, director, and executive producer, is a venerated filmmaker whose lens offers glimpses into the human condition. In “Family Pictures USA,” he pairs that instinct with a focus on history to tell the story of our country through our families.”

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Southwest Florida via PBS!

“Tune in to WGCU HD on August 13 at 9 p.m. and watch with pride what the rest of the country will be watching with envy – Family Pictures USA – Southwest Florida!  WGCU is the co-presenting station and Southwest Floridians are featured prominently in the upcoming national three-part series, Family Pictures USA, created and hosted by filmmaker and photographer Thomas Allen Harris. Joining WGCU in presenting this PBS series is UNC-TV Public Media North Carolina.”

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New PBS series ‘Family Pictures USA’ features episode on Detroit family snapshots

“…the Detroit Historical Museum partnered on the “Family Pictures USA” research effort as part of the “Detroit 67: Looking Back to Move Forward” community-engagement project. Much like the oral histories recorded by the museum to preserve recollections of the riot that occurred in the summer of 1967, the photos shared through the TV series tell the story of Detroit.”

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Q&A: Thomas Allen Harris, Family Pictures USA

We know our family history through the images we retain: albums, videos, memories. What kind of story do these images tell when we look at the bigger picture?

Premiering Aug. 12 and 13 on PBS, the three-part series Family Pictures USA explores American communities through the lens of family photo albums, unearthing rich personal stories that expand our understanding.

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Area senior care company sponsors new, national PBS series

“A Southwest Florida-based senior care advisory company has signed on as an underwriter for a new PBS series, Family Pictures USA. With support of Oasis Senior Advisors, headquartered in Bonita Springs, the program explores American cities, towns and rural communities through the lens of the family photo album.”

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Family Pictures USA premieres August 2019

For the past 150 years, families have used the photo album to pass on their stories from one generation to the next,” said Harris. “The family album has kept us together. But in today’s digital age, we have to work harder to keep and maintain the stories of our families and our communities. Everyone is a photographer, but the stories and communities behind our photos are being lost. Family Pictures USA strives to keep these stories alive and – by sharing them – remind us of our common roots and strengthen connections with our friends, families and neighbors.”

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New PBS television show to film at Mills

“We definitely wanted to do something in Eastern North Carolina, and we had a lot of talks about tobacco and textile being such an important and rich part of North Carolina’s history,”

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Public TV show breaks out family photos for ‘people’s history’ of Detroit

“For five weeks in Detroit, a parade of more than 100 people turned out at events to show their photo albums to a camera crew. Wearing white gloves as they handled treasured family images, they relayed stories stretching back generations.”

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TV show collecting Detroiters’ family photos hosts finale event Friday

“Friday is your last chance to share your family photos and histories with “Family Pictures USA,” a documentary-style TV show that is filming in Detroit this summer. ”

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Family Pictures USA to Host Grand Finale Celebration

“Could your family photos help tell Detroit’s story? For the past 5 weeks, the “Family Picture USA” team has been gathering photographs and stories from Detroiters about their lives, their families, their personal Detroit history.”

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PBS TV Crew Connecting Detroiters’ Family Photos with City’s History

“Each of us is a contributor to history… Each of our lives adds a nuance to the historical record. While not always thought of as a “historical” document, family photo albums are packed with stories from the past.”

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Could your family photos help tell Detroit’s stories?

If a photo album of old family photographs could talk, the stories it could tell would be staggering. That’s the concept behind the upcoming “Family Pictures: USA” television series filming in Detroit this summer.

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New PBS Series Visits Detroit In Search of Family Photos

An upcoming PBS World Channel series is filming in Detroit for the next five weeks. It’s called “Family Pictures: USA,” and a portion of the program will focus on Detroiters’ family photos.

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Family Pictures Usa Photo Sharing Event

Guests are asked to bring a selection of a dozen of their favorite photographs – digital or printed photos – and spend 10-15 minutes with the Family Pictures: USA Production Team telling their Detroit story.

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Family Pictures: USA Photo Sharing Event

What’s your Detroit story? As part of a new television series being filmed for PBS’s WORLD Channel, Family Pictures: USA will be in Detroit during June and July in partnership with the Detroit 67: Looking Back to Move Forward project.

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Family Pictures: USA comes to Detroit

If a photo album of old family photographs could talk, the stories it could tell would be staggering. That’s the concept behind the upcoming “Family Pictures: USA” television series filming in Detroit this summer.

Read more: WMOT