• ‘Family Pictures USA’ TV Series is Going to North Carolina!

    Thomas Allen Harris hosts “Family Pictures USA”, a new TV series that explores neighborhoods and cities through people’s family photo albums for a true “people’s history.”

    This time we are partnering with UNC-TV to collect and share family photographs and stories from local North Carolinians for our third episode! If you have ever wanted to be on television come on down to be a part of creating a new narrative for yourself and your community!

    We will be in Durham and Rocky Mount, North Carolina this November to film photo-sharing sessions for the show. To sign up for a photo-sharing session, call Family Pictures USA at 212-281-6002 or, for toll-free, 1-877-437-8723.

    You can also sign up online for a photo-sharing session by clicking here!

    “Once you see America through family pictures, you will never see this country the same way again.”


MOTHER BETHEL HARLEM USA now showing at the Hunter East Harlem Gallery through October 3rd!

Thomas Allen Harris celebrates Harlem in his latest art exhibition titled Mother, Bethel, Harlem, USA, a collaboration with students from the Hunter College IMA MFA program to build an interactive exhibition at the Hunter East Harlem Gallery!

Through an investigation of Harris’s extensive body of work as a photographer, filmmaker, and creator of the interdisciplinary project Digital Diaspora Family Reunion (DDFR), the students have conceived works that are inspired by the family photo album, practices of archiving, and the local community in Harlem and East Harlem.

L to R: Jacqueline Wade, Janis Mahnure, Cynthia Groya, Allie Shyer, Thomas Allen Harris, Chris Gauthier, and curator Arden Sherman.


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Family Pictures USA Trailer

Family Pictures USA is a documentary-style magazine show, filmed before a live studio audience, that journeys through a rapidly changing landscape where the foundations of a familiar and idealized “AMERICA” are being transformed.

The Mighty Joe Von Battle – Requiem for a Record Shop Man

My father, the late Joe Von Battle, was an important mid-century recorder and producer of blues and gospel music in Detroit, from 1945 until 1967. He has been called the “Chess of Detroit”, referring to the iconic Chicago Record company, and is regarded by many as a cornerstone in the building of the “Detroit Sound.”

Before You Came, We Were Here: An Ojibway Family & The Making of Detroit

Chantel Henry (Ginew Kwe or "Golden Eagle Woman") became aware of her and her family's deep connection to the city of Detroit about four years ago. We are so honored that she decided to share with us the story of how her grandparents, Arnold and Freda Henry, came to Detroit and her family's rich history in the city.

Photos From The DDFR Community

These are recent photos submitted by online participants.

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