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Hugh Bell Photo Galleries Now Available to View on GME Website

Thomas Allen Harris interviewed the photographer, Hugh Bell back in 2005 and Bell would become a part of our Emmy nominated documentary on the history of Black photographers, Through A Lens Darkly. We are excited that under the Gartenberg Media Enterprises‘ (GME) there is a commitment to resurrecting Bell’s career and legacy. “Hugh Bell was a renowned art and commercial photographer, who […]

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Black Photographers Still Matter

In a new interview featured in Ebony Magazine,  Filmmaker Thomas Allen Harris talks about the importance of family photographs especially in African-American history, mentioning his Emmy nominated film Through a Lens Darkly and transmedia Digital Diaspora Family Reunion. And just as important, the article pays homage to the importance of Black Photographers in preserving that […]

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Hollywood Premiere for DDFR Roadshow!

The latest Digital Diaspora Family Reunion roadshow was successfully held at Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood, CA on September 26th. This roadshow was hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in partnership with the International Documentary Association for this year’s Getting Real Conference in Los Angeles. In a first for DDFR (but […]

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Yale Hosts DDFR-themed Exhibit: “Turning Strangers into Family”

The opening reception of Digital Diaspora Family Reunion‘s interactive exhibition was held at the Gallery at the Whitney Humanities Center at Yale University last Monday. This exhibition is designed to encourage people to engage with their own family photographic archives – a central focus and the mission of DDFR. Under the title of “Turning Strangers into Family“, the exhibition […]

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DDFR Heads Everyday Archives Workshop

Digital Diaspora Family Reunion (DDFR) held the first afternoon workshop of the year “Everyday Archives: Building Your Personal Photography Archives“ at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. The workshop, led by producer/writer Don Perry, provided tips to help people create a narrative using their own personal photographs and albums. Participants gathered with their […]

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The Love Project

  How do you show what “LOVE” is? How many images of LOVE have you created in your own personal family photo archive? Digital Diaspora Family Reunion came across a unique visual project called “The Love Project” which celebrates Black History Month and Valentine’s Day. “In celebration of Black History Month and Valentine’s Day, there […]

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DDFR Roadshow visits Hollywood!

The Digital Diaspora Family Reunion (DDFR) roadshow will be hosted by the Academy, in partnership with the International Documentary Association for this year’s Getting Real Conference in Los Angeles. We will get to re-imagine the digital “Family Album”. DDFR is a transmedia project developed by Documentary Branch member and filmmaker Thomas Allen Harris. Deeply rooted […]

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Everyday Archives Workshop at Schomburg Center

Have an old family album or archives that you would like to organize? Or an amazing story to tell about a family photo? Join us this Saturday 9/24 for a free workshop, Everyday Archives: Building Your Personal Photography Archives at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture!   Led by filmmakers Thomas Allen Harris and […]

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Turning Strangers Into Family

What does it mean to change the visual narrative of a country? This question has been the central focus of Digital Diaspora Family Reunion (DDFR) founded by filmmaker, Thomas Allen Harris. DDFR was designed to encourage people to engage with their own family photographic archives. This will be the FIRST DDFR photographic exhibition entitled, “Turning […]

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DDFR & Diversity: Can We All Just Get Along?

Recent tragic events have called to mind the wise words of the late Rodney King, reminding us that violence is not the antidote to violence. As we look forward to the aftermath of this latest cycle of hurt, pain and trauma, there are already the usual calls for rooting out implicit biases, confronting white privilege, […]

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