Treasured Photographs Show Shared History in 'Family Pictures USA'
Family Pictures USA, a new three-part PBS series created and hosted by filmmaker and photographer Thomas Allen Harris, explores American cities, towns and rural communities through the lens of the family photo album, unearthing rich personal stories that expand our understanding of our shared history, diversity and common values.
The three-part series premieres Monday, August 12, providing family photos of everyday milestones marriage, childhood, a new car, a growing business.
This is a visual portal through which to examine the roots, surprising connections and provocative parallels that shed light on our collective past and our shared future.
From the streets of Detroit to the shores of Southwest Florida to the farm fields of North Carolina, participants introduce ancestors, parents and old friends — fascinating characters brought to life through a treasure trove of images and stories handed down through generations.
Each episode of Family Pictures USA begins at a community photo-sharing event, where people present images long stored in photo albums or stashed away in dusty boxes. Using these pictures as a starting point, Thomas engages participants in conversation, guiding them through stories of hardship, perseverance and love.
The series then goes on location in their communities to expand these family narratives into a deeply personal people’s history of the region.