Podcast Episode 143: Family Photo or Piece of History?

Thanks so much for coming by to check out Episode 143 of The New Family Podcast where we talk to an art historian about the strong connection between photographs and family life.

Tucked away in boxes, displayed on the wall, or saved to the cloud, personal photos are all around us. For nations like Canada, family photographs are often linked to the immigration experience. They offer an important window into our history and lived experience.

Photo Credit: ROM 2017

Art historian Dr. Deepali Dewan of the Royal Ontario Museum and the University of Toronto joins us for this episode of the show. She’s the curator of a new exhibit at the ROM called “The Family Camera,” which explores the relationship between photography and family and looks at family photographs as a cultural practice through the lens of migration. The exhibit is on at the ROM until October 29, 2017, and at the Art Gallery of Mississauga until August 27.

Photo Credit: ROM 2017

Ontario listeners, leave a comment on this post to enter to win a pass for four to the ROM so you can see The Family Camera and the many other great collections at the museum.

Here are some resources related to my discussion with Dr. Dewan.
ROM The Family Camera exhibition details

The Family Camera Network

Royal Ontario Museum’s website

Dr. Deepali Dewan’s ROM profile

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Dr. Dewan’s Favourite Parenting Advice

“I have to say there’s one thing that has stuck out to me and that I think still is relevant today. And I’m actually not even sure if it was advice that I received or something that I just kind of made up as I went along, and that is that life does not revolve around baby — baby fits into life. And I feel like I definitely tried to follow that as my daughter has grown up. If I need to go somewhere or want to do something, she just comes along. And she’s had a variety of experiences that way. Just strapped her to me and taken her to meetings or to tours or to other museums. I think she’s better for it.”

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'Podcast Episode 143: Family Photo or Piece of History?' have 4 comments

  1. July 4, 2017 @ 3:08 pm Lucy

    This looks like such a great exhibit at the ROM!

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  2. July 5, 2017 @ 11:27 am Ellery Luague

    It’s quite intriguing to hear how family photos are both unique and universal – as if we (and our parents or grandparents before us) were trained on how to frame or contextualize them. Being an immigrant myself, I find that it’s a good way to get to know my new friends’ cultures by browsing over their family photo albums when I visit. The mere fact that we all have a stash of family photos somewhere is also very compelling.

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  3. July 10, 2017 @ 8:17 am Reena B

    Interesting Exhibit as it showcases personal histories. I am sure visitors will relate/recall similar experiences from the images they see. Not a typical photography exhibit as this is a collection from personal archives. Very much a community/grassroots effort. Would love a chance to see this for myself.

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  4. July 11, 2017 @ 5:24 pm Nicole Jubleew

    My dad is our family photographer and through many moves across Canada and overseas, his pictures tell the story of our family journey. I can’t wait to check out the exhibit.

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