Kodakan Photo Day: Shades of San Francisco

For Immediate Release:
Media Contact: Katherine Jardine
(415) 557-4295; Katherine.Jardine@sfpl.org


Kodakan Photo Day: Shades of San Francisco

A Search for the Visual Filipino History of San Francisco

What was it like growing up in the Filipino community in the San Francisco Bay Area? And how do we document and preserve these experiences for future generations? The San Francisco Public Library and SoMA Pilipinas are asking current and former Filipino residents to dust off their family photo albums and share their snapshots with the Library on Saturday, May 13 at the Main Library.

From 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. library staff and community volunteers will scan photographs that emphasize Filipino-American family and community celebrations, political and social organizations, and people at home, work and play. Photographs will be scanned that day and added to the San Francisco History Center’s Photograph Collection at the San Francisco Main Public Library. They will also be added to the department’s digital library for wide accessibility and viewing. The collected images will become an important primary resource for research and use by scholars, students and the general public.

“There is no better way for community members to relate their own story of the past than with photographs taken by local families, friends and neighbors,” said Susan Goldstein, City Archivist. “The Filipino community is underrepresented in the city archives. Our mission is to preserve these fragile resources and make sure they are available to all to tell a fuller, more inclusive history of the city.”

Appointments to participate in Kodakan Photo Day are strongly recommended and can be made by contacting Joelene Pangilinan at joelene@bayanihancc.org or online at www.sfpl.org/kodakanphotoday. Volunteers are also needed to assist Library staff on Photo Day; interested persons should contact the Volunteer Coordinator by May 1, 2017 volunteer@sfpl.org / (415) 557-4251

Kodakan Photo Day is the seventh San Francisco Public Library Shades of San Francisco Project.  The Library conducted “Shades” projects in Western Addition, the Mission, Sunset District, Oceanview/Merced/Ingleside, Bayview/Hunters Point and the LGBTQI community with more than 1,600 local photos collected and added to the permanent collections of the library.  It is made possible through the support of the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library and the Bayanihan Community Center.