In the Media

The work of FamCam collaborators, as well as our collections and our research project, have been widely featured in the media. Here is a list of highlights organized by activity.

Our Events & Activities

Exhibition // Queering Family Photography (Apr. 21 - May 26, 2018) @ Stephen Bulger Gallery

Bloom, Jessica. "Ten intimate photos that show the private lives of LGBT families." Toronto Life. 22 May 2018.

Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives. "Queering Family Photography - FEATURED SCOTIABANK CONTACT EXHIBITION." Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives: News. 15 April 2018.

Knegt, Peter. "Take a closer look: This queer photo project wants you to reconsider what defines a family." CBC Arts. 16 May 2018.

Martinique, Elena. "Stephen Bulger Gallery Presents Two Shows for CONTACT Photography Festival 2018." Widewalls. 20 April 2018. 

"Metro Morning: New photo exhibit on queer family photos." CBC News. 20 April 2018. (Matt Galloway interviews lead curator, Elspeth Brown)

"Shows to See at the Contact Photography Festival." Canadian Art. 26 April 2018.

Villeneuve, Phil. "This Photography Show Redefines Family with a Queer Lens." Yohomo: Toronto Queer Culture Now. 19 April 2018.

Whyte, Murray. "Five great exhibitions to check out at the Contact Photography Festival." Toronto Star. 25 April 2018.

Installation view of  Queering Family Photography  (J. Orpana, 2018)

Installation view of Queering Family Photography (J. Orpana, 2018)

Growing up, I rarely saw representations of my own, two-momed type of family unit. For a long time I had the odd sense that these kinships were strange, illegitimate or shameful. [...] IMHO, portrayals of alternative family structures like these, so seldom given a space to be visible, can shift our perception of what a ‘normal’ family should look like.
— Yaniya Lee writing about Queering Family Photography in Canadian Art, 26 April 2018

Exhibition // "Soon we were en route again": The Margaret Corry Albums (1947-1963) (Jan.-Apr. 2018) @ Ryerson Image Centre

Curcio, Tony. "Ryerson Image Centre presents a compelling series of experimental shows starting January 24." Graphic Arts. 4 January 2018.

Humbert, Laurie. "Quand le photographié s’adresse au photographe." L'Express. 29 January 2018.

Installation view of  "Soon we were en route again"  (J. Orpana, 2018).

Installation view of "Soon we were en route again" (J. Orpana, 2018).

C’est une quantité impressionnante de clichés de leur vie quotidienne, et de nombreuses phrases écrites à la machine à écrire, pour légender les photos en noir et blanc.
— Laurie Humbert writing about "Soon we were en route again", L'Express, 29 January 2018

Conference // Reframing Family Photography (Sept. 21-23, 2017), Toronto, Ontario

Lebart, Luce. "Luce Lebart's Best of 2017." British Journal of Photography. 31 December 2017.

Reframing Family Photography conference (M. Kasumovic, 2017).

Reframing Family Photography conference (M. Kasumovic, 2017).

The [Reframing Family Photography] conference and [The Family Camera] exhibition proved that family and vernacular photographs provide a very valuable alternative to other means of representing and understanding all communities and genders.
— Luce Lebart, British Journal of Photography, 31 December 2017

Exhibition // The Family Camera (May - Oct. 2017) @ Royal Ontario Museum & Art Gallery of Mississauga 

"11 Projects to See at the Contact Photography Festival." Canadian Art. 27 April 2017.

Clay, Chris. "Found photos left behind by fleeing families on display at AGM." 25 May 2017.

Dick, Terrence. "History 2: The Family Album." akimboTV. June 2017.

Hester, Jessica Leigh. "What Family Photos Reveal About National Identity." CITYLAB. 2 June 2017.

"Historic photos from Brock collection part of AGO and ROM exhibits." Erie Media. 28 April 2017.

"Metro Morning: Family Camera exhibit." CBC News. 11 May 2017. (Matt Galloway interviews lead curator, Deepali Dewan)

"Ontario Morning Podcast." CBC News. 11 May 2017. (Wei Chen interviews lead curator, Deepali Dewan, at 41.40)

Pill, Jaan. "The Family Camera exhibit at Royal Ontario Museum explores what's fundamental about family." Preserved Stories Blog. 12 May 2017.

Sienkiewicz, Alexandra. "Polaroids and patriotism: Old family pictures get star treatment at the ROM." CBC News. 6 May 2017.

Somerset, Felicity. "Living Spaces: The Family Camera at Toronto's Royal Ontario Museum." Critics at Large. 30 July 2017.

"The ROM's "The Family Camera" Exhibition Extends Into The Night For Nuit Blanche Toronto." The Harlton Empire. September 2017.

Thomas, Jeff. "The Family Camera: Opens at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto." Jeff Thomas. 2017.

Varsity Contributors. "Vignettes of Nuit Blanche: Varsity writers cover the cold, the lines, and everything in between." The Varsity. 2 October 2017.

Villeneuve, Phil. "20 must-see photography shows at Contact 2017." blogT0. April 2017.

"Visiting the Family Camera Exhibit at the ROM." Photographic Historical Society of Canada. 3 June 2017.

Weikle, Brandie. "Podcast Episode 143: Family Photo or Piece of History?" The New Family: Modern Views on Family Life. 26 June 2017.

Wine, Rachel. "Northern Exposure: CONTACT Photography Festival looks inward for Canada 150." The Globe and Mail. 5 May 2017.

Whyte, Murray. "Plenty of photos to ponder: At the galleries." The Toronto Star. 4 May 2017.

Installation view of  The Family Camera  (J. Orpana, 2017)

Installation view of The Family Camera (J. Orpana, 2017)

[The Family Camera], at the Royal Ontario Museum, is less a nostalgia trip than a potent reminder of the vital role photography played in not just recording but creating family histories in a country as vast and complex as ours.
— Murray White, Toronto Star, 4 May 2017.

Our Project

News Media

Godfrey, Lisa. "Overlooked: Photography and the Smartphone." CBC Radio: Ideas. 26 June 2018.

Talbot, Adela. "Project develops understanding of photography, family." Western News. 24 May 2018.

Documentary // Family Camera (Air Date: December 28, 2017, TVO)

This documentary, and a related digital project, was commissioned by TVO and is based on an original concept from The Family Camera Network and the Royal Ontario Museum. Directed and written by Marc de Guerre. Produced by Jeannette Loakman. 

Thy Phu and Deepali Dewan being interviewed for the "Family Camera" documentary at the ROM (C. Barreto, 2017)

Thy Phu and Deepali Dewan being interviewed for the "Family Camera" documentary at the ROM (C. Barreto, 2017)

Banner Image (top of page): Reframing Family Photography conference opening event at the ROM (M. Kasumovic, 2017).