What do your ancestors look like? That’s the question that the Black Image Center, a local collective of Black visual artists, is posing ahead of their first pop-up event taking place this weekend in the Leimert Park Village.
From Oct. 22 to 24, the non-profit organization—which offers free and low cost photography services to Black image makers—is inviting people to bring photos of their loved ones to learn how to preserve their family’s history. Professional archivists from The Gates Preserve will be on site to offer free one on one consultations to Black families exclusively to digitize images; provide prints of images already stored on a phone, digital camera, or external hard-drive/USB; and rehouse damaged or deteriorating photos.
“White families have like wings at museums and all of these other services that are a little more readily available to them as far as the archiving, but a lot of Black people are just in survival mode and aren’t thinking about preserving their family photos,” said Maya Mansour, a founding member of the Black Image Center.