The Family Camera: How can I participate?

Posted: May 11, 2017 - 11:12 , by Deepali Dewan
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Black and white photo of a woman holding a camera

Submit a Photo

The photos on view in The Family Camera exhibit are selected from over 10,000 images that have been collected by The Family Camera Network as part of a public archive project.

You can participate in this public archive project by going to The Family Camera Network website to learn about the project and browse the FAQs. Then send an email to the researchers with a little bit about your family history, what photo(s) you might be willing to contribute, and why you are interested in the project.

To participate in this project, you must be 18 years of age or older and a permanent resident or citizen of Canada. You must also be willing to participate in a recorded interview and to donate or loan for the duration of the project (until 2019) at least one photograph to accompany your oral history. We are particularly interested in stories of migration (in the recent or distant past AND from outside or within Canada).

The public archive will be housed in the collections of the Royal Ontario Museum and the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archive for future generations.

Collecting will continue until December 2017.

Submit a Story

The Family Camera exhibit, on concurrently at the ROM and the Art Gallery of Mississauga, features a contemporary video art work exploring how family photos can be abandoned, lost, destroyed, damaged, deleted, or never taken.

This artwork invites you to share your story of a “lost photograph” through a short text, audio, and/or video set to:

Twitter: @mylostphoto #mylostphoto

Instagram: @mylostphoto #mylostphoto

The video will be updated monthly to include new stories and may incorporate yours.

Through the process of sharing such stories, we hope, these photographs are no longer lost to us.