DDFR Visits Skidmore College & Albany


Daesha Devon Harris, Artist from Saratoga Springs

Our visit to Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York was a wonderful experience, full of poignant stories and cherished family photos. Not only were we able to explore new narratives, we also experienced how students and faculty alike are able to incorporate their celebration of their family histories into their definitions of everyday life. The John B. Moore Documentary Studies Collaborative (MDOCs) at Skidmore hosted the DDFR Production Team and began the engagement with a Through A Lens Darkly screening and film discussion with Thomas Allen Harris. We spent the following day in Albany, where we were able to work with Youth FX, an organization that promotes youth involvement with film and photography in the South Albany area. Afterwards, we continued our photo sharing sessions on the Skidmore Campus, meeting various students and locals who wanted to share their stories and photos. Below are some photos and accompanying videos of the family histories that we encountered at Skidmore College.



Mary Ann Fitzgerald, Historian based in Saratoga Springs


Dorothea Truffleman shares her photos through which she speaks of the complex emotions and thoughts behind a simple vacation photo.


Dorothea Truffleman


Father and daughter Bhawin and Maya Suchak share their family photos, as well as the story of Maya’s birth.


Bhawin and Maya Suchak


Daesha Devon Harris shares her photos and speaks of a family tradition handed down through generations.


Images from Daesha Devon Harris’ family photo albums.


Brittany Kent shares photos of her family, as well as discoveries of her family lineage and ancestry.


Brittany Kent




Later that evening, we hosted a Digital Diaspora Grand Finale where we were able to highlight some of the stories that we encountered, and welcome other members of the community to share their own.



Skidmore College students discussing DDFR


Daesha Devon Harris sharing at our DDFR Roadshow Finale


From Left to Right: Rudean Leinaeng, Greg Warren Jr., Don Perry, Jordana Dym, Yvonne Welbon, Thomas Allen Harris


Special Thanks To:

MDOCS at Skidmore College (The John B. Moore Documentary Studies Collaborative), YouthFX,  Grand Street Community Arts Center, Skidmore College and all the participants who shared their photos.

To see more photos from the roadshow, visit our Flickr album.
To see more videos, please visit our YouTube channel: DDFRTV


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