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The Family Camera

The Family Camera, 2017
Photo: Top left, Agnes Rees. Courtesy of Ann Bassnett. Top right, Unknown photographer. Courtesy of Dr. Kenneth Montague. Middle left, Derry Martin. Courtesy of the Somerset family. Bottom, Sang Thai. Courtesy of the Lu-Thai family.

Royal Ontario Museum

The Family Camera invites you to see family photographs differently. Tucked away in a box, framed on the wall, or saved to the cloud, personal photos are all around us in abundance. For Canadians, family photographs are often linked to stories of migration. Whether recent or in the distant past, over short or long distances, international or even within Canada, photographs play an important role in these experiences. From departures and arrivals to everyday moments and milestones, they capture these journeys and keep us connected; even the family photos that are lost or destroyed along the way can still linger in our imaginations.

Discover the connections between family, photography, and migration and bring your idea of family into focus.

The Family Camera features photographs from The Family Camera Network, a public archive project that collects family photographs and their stories and preserves them for future generations.

Exploring the relationship between photography and the idea of family, The Family Camera looks at family photographs as a cultural practice through the lens of migration. With nearly every photograph coming from a Canadian home, the exhibition sheds light on how family photos reflect and shape our sense of self, family, community, and nation.

Photography Installation


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Royal Ontario Museum

100 Queens Park

Suitable for all ages


Last entry: 6:00 am

This project is indoors.