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Family photos can fight the climate crisis

By John D. Sutter There’s a simple problem at the heart of the climate crisis: We don’t live long enough to really feel it. Academics call this “generational amnesia” or “shifting baseline syndrome.” The Earth operates on a timeframe of centuries and millennia. We humans are here for just a few decades. That makes it […]

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Photo Day Series

By Evan Trine I’ve been working on this body of work for the last year or so. It developed slowly after stripping down previous bodies of work until I realized that the source imagery I’d been using was actually the most interesting, valuable part of my process. I haven’t completely landed on the language around […]

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Saving Childhood Memories

Glitter, glitz, and not so glam…it’s all fun and games until your children bring home their treasures and masterpieces and your house transforms from a clean, comfortable sanctuary into an overwhelming, messy studio art gallery. Of course, their works of art are precious and priceless. Their hand-prints and drawings with “You are the best Mommy […]

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Rising Scholars of Immokalee

Zulaika Quintero, Jose Quintero and Elva Quintero We had the opportunity to meet Zulaika Quintero through our photo-share in Southwest Florida. As the principal of a local public charter school, she has tailored the school’s curriculum to meet the needs of the children in her community. “Everything is taught in both languages and that enables […]

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Quote on the image reads: "Always loving you, and may all your days be as sweet as the ones we have shared, George." Portrait of a man in the army.

Saving and Protecting Your Family Pictures

Thomas recently connected with Rodney Freeman, creator of the platform Black Male Archives via Linked In. Intrigued by his work, we invited Rodney to share more some of his personal family archives and tell us about his history with photo preservation. I’m a librarian with a passion for saving/preserving pictures.  I’ve been a librarian for […]

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Tips on Dating Old Photos

Sometimes, sorting through old, unlabeled photographs and trying to determine the names, dates, people, and places in them is like attempting to solve a mystery. Old family photographs are a treasured part of any family history but understanding them and the stories they tell can often require an extensive knowledge of your family history and […]

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L’dor Va’dor, From Generation to Generation

That curly hair. Where did it come from? Our oldest son, Max, started showing signs of curly hair as an infant. My wife Sarah has straight hair, and I have medium-ish wavy hair. But my father, well that dude had some serious curls back in the day. So we started looking for old photos of […]

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Unlocking Memories From Old Photos

Milestones of Our Lives As the proverb says, “life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but the moments that take our breath away.” These moments that take our breath away are often milestones and significant memories that together make up the timeline of our lives. By creating a family timeline, you’ll […]

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From One, Many

If we look closely, we can see traces of our ancestors in our faces, our personalities, our genes. Our relatives, the people in their lives, and their circumstances became embedded in their bodies, shaping the way they moved and thought and lived. They then passed some of those things on to us, just as their […]

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MY AUNT EMMA KNEW DUKE ELLINGTON

By Michon Boston Michon (C), her sister, Taquiena (L) and her mother, Caroline (R) With each family death another door closes, another photo album disappears. It becomes a detective job without the actual witnesses to piece together the lives they lived. I can only remember the faces from some family albums during visits especially unexpected […]

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Remembering Your Love Story Through Photos

What’s Your Love Story? As Nicholas Sparks, author of The Notebook, once wrote: “Behind every great love, there’s a great love story.” And behind every great love story, there are bound to be photographs that tell it. But it’s not just about the photos, it’s about the moments they capture and the sentiment they hold […]

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(r to l) Annette Baka, Maryanne Porzondek (mother), and Nancy Taylor (sister).

From Farm to Table

The Life of a 107-year-old Detroit Home (r to l) Annette Baka, Maryanne Porzondek (mother), and Nancy Taylor (sister). I wanted to be involved in Family Pictures USA in order to show how a 107-year-old home survived, transformed, and brought two families together that will be bonded forever. The house at 5528 Moran Street has survived […]

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THE OCCANEECHI BAND

The Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation

MATRIARCHAL CULTURE The Occaneechi Band is a small Indian community located in North Carolina. It is one of the only First Nation’s in the state to reclaim their ancestral home. It’s just a beautiful thing when you see all the colors and the people dancing and having a good time. You can just feel the […]

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Do People Care About Their Old Family Photos?

Have you ever wondered why some people don’t care when it comes to their family’s printed or digital photos? All those precious memories, like time in the proverbial bottle, but not seeming to feel any real concern or interest about them. The Difference Between Caring And Not For those of us passionate about preserving pictorial […]

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The Red Rose Motorcycle Club

Family Pictures USA host, Thomas Allen Harris recently had the opportunity to do a version of our roadshow for the United Philanthropy Forum. Courtney Eshleman, from Media Impact Funders, took part in the audience photo share and connected with Thomas after the event. Courtney showed him some striking images of her grandparents in motor cycle outfits and she […]

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Creating a Family Photo Yearbook

Creating a family photo book is a great organization technique that allows you to hold your memories in your hands. To many, it may seem daunting, but in reality, it is not, and by following these steps, you’ll be well on your way to having memorabilia that will last a lifetime.  1. Choose Your Topic […]

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Claiming my Invisible Brownness

Family Pictures USA host, Thomas Allen Harris recently had the opportunity do a version of our roadshow for the United Philanthropy Forum. Robert Burnett, from the Maine Philanthropy Center, was one of the participants who joined him on stage. After the event, he agreed to write a short piece for our blog expanding on what […]

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Joseph C. Rosenbaum

Memoirs of a Father

By Philip Rosenbaum Joseph C. Rosenbaum Producing a five minute video about my father and how he survived the Holocaust was an experience I will forever cherish. The idea came to me on the first day of our two-day seminar, Re-Imagining the Family Album with Professor Thomas Allen Harris at Hunter College’s Integrated Media Arts Program. On that first day, […]

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Estero Bay Heroes

‘Heroic’ Bill and Pat Mellor were titled the “world’s earliest environmentalist” by Cynthia Williams, the daughter of a developer who nearly destroyed Estero Bay’s fragile ecosystem. View at Estero Bay from the Mellor family lot on the Bay (c.a.1960) Fort Myers is home to Estero Bay, a beautiful piece of paradise on the west coast […]

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Uncovering Family History at UNC-TV

Last July, I was invited to participate in the Family Pictures USA photo sharing event at my local PBS station, UNC-TV Public Media North Carolina. Initially, I was bit hesitant to accept this invitation, as I felt as if I didn’t hold enough knowledge about my family history. I was also worried that I may […]

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