The Family Camera

The Family Camera  

The Family Camera—a project that traces the visual narratives of diasporic Canadians by collecting domestic images alongside oral histories about them—is pleased to announce it has received a SSHRC Partnership Development Grant.

What are family photographs? How do they work to shape our memories? What can they really tell us about history? Do our family photographs have meaning for anyone else? 

To explore these and other questions, The Family Camera collects and preserves family photographs and their stories in the ROM’s collection. This archive preserves a family history for future generations, as well as serves as source material for teachers, historians and scholars to write new histories of Canada. 

The first phase of this project took place from May to October 2015, and focussed on families and descendants who have some link to Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Vietnam. It also focussed on family photographs from the Black Community in Canada. We invited families and descendants with these backgrounds to participate by bringing their own family photographs to the ROM, where they will be stored along with their histories in the Museum’s collection and preserved for future generations.

If you’d like to participate in this project, contact our ROM Senior Curator of South Asian Arts & Culture, Dr. Deepali Dewan at or 416-586-5698.