What are family photographs?
How do they shape our memories?
How do they mediate our experiences of migration?
What can they tell us about our national histories?

THE FAMILY CAMERA NETWORK is a partnership that explores the relationship between photography and the idea of family. In Canada, our understanding of family has expanded in response to cultural shifts including same-sex marriage, transnational adoptions, dislocations due to political instability and war, and for economic opportunity. Our personal photographs document our feelings about family, how we define family, and how we stay connected to loved ones who may be separated as a result of these dislocations.

We are launching a public archive project that will collect family photographs and their stories. This archive will preserve a family history for future generations, as well as provide a resource for teachers, historians and scholars to write new histories of photography, family, and Canada. We are now inviting Canadians who were born outside Canada—or who have family members born outside Canada, no matter how many generations back—to participate.

To participate, you must also be: (1) over 18 years of age, (2) either a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, (3) willing to donate (or lend) at least one photo, and (4) willing to be interviewed on camera about your images. To learn more about this project, please visit the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) section of this website or contact us.