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30,000 Hidden Images Reveal the World of a Soviet-Era Photographer

30,000 Hidden Images Reveal the World of a Soviet-Era Photographer by Anuka Burgess, April 02, 2018 Masha Ivashintsova was born in Russia, in 1942. At 18 she started taking photographs, and became involved the underground arts movement in St. Petersburg, then known as Leningrad. She shot prolifically on the streets of the city, with either her […]

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Asian American Voices of the South

“The Family Pictures kickoff activity was a fab ice breaker and I saw my fellow table mates and the people in the room with compassion, love, and humanity that we are all in this together.” – Anonymous participant In February, I was invited by longtime Family Pictures USA supporter Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) to […]

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Recounting Asian American Narratives of the American South

When I presented my DDFR workshop at “Beyond Borders: Diverse Voices of the American South” in February, I was moved by everyone’s level of engagement and care in their fellow participants. One particular person, Hanul Bahm, spoke emotionally, clearly connecting with everyone’s stories at her table. I asked her to gather some recollections about her […]

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Just Beyond the River: A Folktale Exhibition

Just Beyond the River features selections from Daesha Devón Harris’ series of mixed media pieces, made using a personal collection of unidentified, discarded Victorian-era portraits. In production over multiple years, throughout every season, her process includes submerging a transparent version of a portrait in a body of water amongst an arranged aquatic still-life and photographing the […]

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Art & Incarceration: A Panel Discussion

Most prisons and jails across the United States do not allow prisoners to have access to cameras. At a moment when 2.2 million people are incarcerated in the US, 3.8 million people are on probation, and 870,000 former prisoners are on parole, how can images tell the story of mass incarceration when the imprisoned don’t […]

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Re-Imagining the Family Album at Hunter College!

These are my student’s testimonies from two-day seminar, Re-Imagining the Family Album with me at Hunter College’s Integrated Media Arts Program for the Masters in Fine Arts students. ……………………………………………….. “As I looked at the photos and interviewed my parents over my computer, I found myself trying to connect our experiences of this time of life, our midtwenties, and […]

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Small Talk with Mark S. Lee with Guest Don Perry

On Sunday January 14, my Executive Producer/writer of Family Pictures USA, Don Perry joined the weekly CBS Radio podcast, “Small Talk with Mark S. Lee” along with other guests: Kurt Rankin, Senior Economist, PNC Bank, Dana White, Founder and Owner, Paralee Boyd, and Karen Hudson Samuels, Executive Director, WGPR TV Historical Society.  The podcast covered various […]

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Telling Our Stories: Photographers of Spirit of Community with Thomas Allen Harris

Behind each family picture, there is a story — a story that is representative of the communities that each picture comes from. On Sunday January 21, 2018, join NAACP Image Award-winning filmmaker and socially engaged artist Thomas Allen Harris as he moderates Telling Our Stories: Photographers of Spirit of Community, an art talk. Spirit of […]

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Creating Art from the Archives: “About Face: The Evolution of a Black Producer”

Thomas Allen Harris looks back at 28 years of HIV/AIDS activism in newly released short film, “About Face: The Evolution of a Black Producer.” On World AIDS Day 2017, Visual AIDS opened its 28th iteration of Day With(out) Art, an annual program that seeks to increase awareness of the ongoing HIV/AIDS crisis. This year’s program, […]

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