Family photo exhibit: Celebrating our chosen and extended families
Dates: October 17- December 14, 2013
Opening Reception: October 17, 2013, 6-9 p.m.
Location: Harvey Milk Photo Center, 50 Scott St (at Duboce), (415) 554-9522
Viewing hours: Tuesday–Thursday, 6–9 p.m., Saturday, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Note: The photo gallery is a shared space with events lectures and classes, please call to view.
The exhibit is approximately fifty images that beautifully represent what families are today, be it LGBT families, as well as traditional families. At the end of the day, it’s really all about love, and having a safe place to live and support your loved ones. This was the central idea and heart of this exhibit, as what matters is “love, care and support”, and that this exhibit helps promote and showcase that we are all really the same and need the same things as humans in this life. The exhibit reaches this goal and does it very well.
Dave Christensen, Director of the Harvey Milk Photography Center, said “This was a key project that I have wanted to do for a very long time, since we are named in honor of Harvey Milk, I thought it would embrace the spirit of Harvey, and combine photography and ‘our community’ together in a more personal and intimate photography exhibit, which showcases those wonderful and personal images we all have of our loved ones, family, friends, biological families and non-bio families, as well as our chosen families. As we all know, we do choose and create family outside of our blood families, and these are equally vital to everyone’s well being and lives…It’s spot on with what Harvey would have embraced, and I was honored to direct and curate this exhibit with our hardworking staff and volunteers, giving ‘our community’ a ‘visual voice’, since the timing was perfect, with Prop 8, and beyond overdue.”
The local LGBT community, and the national “Family Equality Council”, provided support for the opening reception, which was wonderful. We plan on expanding this project in 2014 with Pride 2014 in San Francisco. There are about 90 images of the opening reception on our Facebook Page: Harvey Milk Photo Center.