Learning to Love Family Photos

Phase 1: Anger Growing up, I avoided cameras and family photos like the plague. My house was littered with photo albums filled mostly with people I knew little about. Every holiday and birthday and anniversary tens of people decades older than me would gather around and look at these photos for what felt like hours. […]

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My Father’s Mother: Through Different Eyes

“Behind all your stories is your mother’s story, because hers is where yours begins.” -Mitch Albom Story submitted by Chrislyn Choo My dad is the jolliest, most generous man I know. I like to think I got my love for storytelling from him. A small island boy from Malaysia, he inhales curry for breakfast and […]

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Daisy’s Memorable Quinceañera

By Daisy Abreu My family members and I posing for a Quinceañera picture What I remember most about my fifteenth birthday, mis quinces is that it was an extended family affair. My parents hosted the party at El Club Camajuani, the social club located in Union City, New Jersey, and named for my mother’s Cuban hometown, […]

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My Father’s Fifty Years in Photos

By Mary Geraci 50 years worth of my father’s photography. When my father passed away in 2008, I was left with an entire bookcase of slide boxes filled with fifty years of my father’s photography work.  My father with his camera around his neck.  He is in NYC as a young man.  My father began […]

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How 100 Individuals Discovered They Were Family

by Julian Michelucci 80 members of the Lenci, Lotti and Michelucci family. The Lenci, Lotti, and Michelucci families immigrated from Lucca, Italy to Northern California in the late nineteenth century. Initially, they settled in what is now Pacifica, then San Pedro Valley, where they worked in the vegetable farms that carpeted this area. In time, […]

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pictured are Rev Doggett listening intently as a very young Martin Luther King Junior stands profile next to him speaking

From These Roots: A Journey from Poverty in 1930s Philadelphia to Civil Rights Legacy in 1960s Los Angeles

The story below has been shared with Family Pictures USA by Bill Doggett about the path his parents took to resist the unjust practices of a pre-Civil Rights era America in southern California. “It is often said in ancestral black family circles, that ‘God does not bring us this far to leave us.’”– Frances Clarke Doggett Filmmaker Bill […]

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Family Pictures in Brazil

Thomas and Ana Flávia in front of the library on the Federal University of Brasilia Campus Last month I went to Brazil to keynote the opening of the “Plural Knowledge: The Social Relevance of the Public University” Conference at the Federal University of Brasilia, as well as to conduct a two day Family Pictures Community […]

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Growing up in the Ten Thousand Islands

By Barbara Tyner Hall Florida’s southwestern coast is made up of a group of mangrove keys known as the Ten Thousand Islands.  Chokoloskee Island and Everglades City are located eighty miles west of Miami just off of the Tamiami Trail This is the western gateway to the Everglades National Park.  Chokoloskee is one of the […]

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One Man’s Impact on Four Generations

Written by Darriel McBride Every year, International Men’s Day is commemorated on November 19th to celebrate the positive that value men bring to the world, their families, and their communities. One of our very own Family Pictures USA participants, Leonardo Gonzalez, is quite literally the embodiment of a man who has brought significant positivity and […]

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Written by Darriel McBride Today, according to the most recent statistics from the US Census, there are roughly 20.4 million veterans in the United States, yet among those who have served, The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development estimates that 40,056 veterans are homeless on any given night. Gulf War veterans face unrelenting barriers […]

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Written by Darriel McBride for Family Pictures USA Despite the fact that we may love our families, there are things each of us carry in our hearts that may be difficult to share with our loved ones. For LGBT+ folks, opening up to family about their sexuality can be the most difficult thing to share. […]

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Four women stand by the entrance to a large home. The grass in front and walkway are visible as well. Black and White Photo.

A Boston-Edison Tale

65 Years, 4 Generations, 1 Home By Michelle May Historic Boston-Edison is a 36-block neighborhood area of Detroit containing approximately 900 houses.  The District is bordered by Boston Boulevard on the North, Edison Avenue on the South, Woodward Avenue on the east and Linwood on the West.  It is one of the largest residential historic districts […]

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Costume family portrait. Featured are Viktor's great aunt in a suit

I Didn’t know my Great Aunt was Queer

Viktor holds a photo of his family. During his time as a visiting professor at Dartmouth College – back in 2016 – Thomas had the opportunity to meet artist Viktor Witkowski and professor Katie Hornstein over dinner. Both brought family photos to share that night for an impromptu photo share session. Katie had a print […]

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Close of Miguel Diaz holding a picture of three photos featuring his family


Written by Darriel McBride for Family Pictures USA For many members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community, National Coming Out Day is the perfect time to celebrate their own stories while raising awareness about the LGBTQ+ experience. Proclaiming one’s identity is a deeply personal and often challenging experience for LGBTQ+ individuals. Regardless […]

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