The Family Camera is an original Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) exhibition that looks at family photographs through the lens of immigration. With nearly every photograph featured in this exhibition coming from a Canadian home, The Family Camera sheds light on how family photos reflect and shape our sense of self, family, community, and nation.
The Family Camera is divided into several sections:
- Cameras for the Family features a timeline of cameras made for the amateur photographer, from early box cameras preloaded with film and costing only one dollar to digital cameras and cellphones that have made taking and sharing digital photographs increasingly easy.
- State of Family considers the ways state policy determines which photos can be taken, who gets recognized as a family, and therefore what a family photograph looks like.
- Snapshots Don’t Grow Up presents conventional ways of photographing children, such as birthdays or Christmas, that camera advertisements encouraged, showing parents how to compose “Kodak moments”.
- On the Move explores family photographs in a world of increasing mobility and includes a wall of photographs taken at Niagara Falls over the last hundred years.
- Missing Chapters (only at The Art Gallery of Mississauga) examines family photographs that are lost, abandoned, don’t survive, or don’t exist — and invites visitors to contribute stories of “missing chapters” in their own family archives.
The Family Camera is presented in partnership with the Art Gallery of Mississauga (AGM):
- ROM – from May 6 to October 29, 2017
- AGM – from May 4 to August 27, 2017
The Family Camera is one of the primary exhibitions of the 2017 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.
ROM presents The Family Camera In Celebration of Canada 150
A primary exhibition in the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival
TORONTO, April 28, 2017 – The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) is pleased to announce the opening of The Family Camera, an original ROM exhibition that explores how family photographs reflect and shape our experiences of migration and our sense of identity. On display from Saturday, May 6, to Monday, October 29, 2017, in the Museum’s Roloff Beny Gallery, the exhibition is part of the ROM’s Canada 150 year-long celebration. The Family Camera is one of the primary exhibitions of the 2017 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.
“The Family Camera exhibition uses a visual lens to bring personal, everyday stories of the Canadian experience into focus, making this exhibition a fitting way to celebrate our 150th year,” says Josh Basseches, ROM Director & CEO. “This exhibition highlights the ROM’s vital role as a place of discovery and new research, where the public is engaged as active participants in the museum experience.”