Little Rock Central High School, the site of desegregation in LR and another key component of civil rights history.

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Teaching students at Oberlin how to make tintypes from digital positives. It was music to my ears when they gathered around the darkroom sink and "oooohhhheeed" in unison as the plate cleared and came into visual focus.


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The Cheese School of San Francisco has a new website! We've been busy working on it for about 3 months and it just launched yesterday!!! Super proud. It's responsive, filled with gorgeous photos, and mobile friendly.

Thank you to Sandra Murray, Sita Bhaumik, and Robert Carras for your design and photography work.

Some of my tintypes will be at Intersection for the Arts in San Francisco. The reception is tomorrow from 6-9pm. Come through, say hi, and take a photo with me next to the tintypes. yay!!

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Visibility Project

Tintypes from the Visibility Project will be in an Intersection for the Arts exhibition. Reception is this Wednesday, October 2nd (6-9pm).

If California were a... country, as of 2012 it would have been the 9th largest economy and the 34th most populous nation in the world. California is the most populous state in the United States, home to 1 out of 8 Americans. This exhibition is inspired by the countless stories and people that make up the state – from the Homeless Garden Project in Santa Cruz to residents a block away on the corner of 6th and Mission Streets, from a senior synchronized swimming team in Orange County to a youth Scraper Bike Team in East Oakland. Califas features work by Andrea Blum, California is a Place: A Documentary Project by Drea Cooper & Zackary Canepari, Mia Nakano, Joan Osato, Joel Daniel Phillips, SF Postcard Project, and Jenifer K. Wofford & Kyle Herbert.

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One of my tintype's is currently the profile picture for Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center's facebook page!!! Yay!!!

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Visibility Project

One of my photographs is currently the profile picture for the Smithsonian Asian American Center's facebook page Yay!

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Lia Rose album launch at the The Chapel, with Kelly McFarling.

hahaha!! yes

How do us elders separate ourselves from those who only know what it means to upload? Here are 17 tools and toys you'll immediately recognize if you still

OMG! I just got back from vacation to find out about this via Hyphen magazine. Tintypes I made are going to be shown at a pop-up exhibition through the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center. I'm so excited. Discussions about immigration!!!

To celebrate the cultural intersections of Asian and Latino cultures, the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center and the Smithsonian Latino Center have collaborated to bring you public talks, pop-up museums, and digital exhibitions.

my mom has frequently accused me of "frittering" away my money on camera/video gear. after reading this article, i can proudly say i don't have G.A.S. i use all of the equipment I have!! although i did hafta think about it a little bit before making that declaration.

People will do just about anything to alleviate their anxiety. During the last year of writing my doctoral thesis, the worry about being able to finish gre

Thank you to for the opportunity to do a write-up on the Visibility Project. Am proud to have the work featured in the context of an archive project, not just photography. As I sit here in Hawaii, post National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance summit, I'm blown away by the work that my community is doing regionally and nationally. This summit has made me realize that I need to document MORE STORIES!!!! To highlight more elders, more youth, and more Pacific Islanders. There is no lack of stories to be shared and is why there is no end to the project. This is why this is my life's work.

Welcome back, Academic Feminists! The second in our Summer at the Archives series features Mia Nakano, lead artist at the Visibility Project, a national portrait and video project dedicated to documenting the voices of Queer Asian American women, trans, and gender non-conforming people. Mia discusse...


We are seeking experienced teaching artists to become a part of our vibrant non-profit arts center in San Francisco’s Ingleside/Excelsior neighborhood. We are hiring for our fall session, which runs September 9 – December 17, twice a week from 4pm – 6pm.

Little video I made with my good friend Lisa Boghosian at We made an awesome team tag teaming our coverage of the opening for the Museum of Craft and Design in San Francisco.

Even my mom said..."wow...that looks professional. it made me want to go to the museum!".

Approval from mom. What we all look for

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"We are not a number — not only cheap labor and cheap lives. We are human beings like you. Our life is precious like yours, and our dreams are precious too."

- by Taslima Akhter is a Bangladeshi photographer and activist

Many powerful photographs have been made in the aftermath of the devastating collapse of a garment factory on the outskirts of Dhaka, Bangladesh. But one photo, by Bangladeshi photographer Taslima Akhter, has emerged as the most heart wrenching, capturing an entire country’s grief in a single image.

FORGOTTEN: Sometime last year I helped my friend Sarah Shourd launch her new webbysite that promotes all her writing, lectures, advocacy, fight against solitary confinement, and work with the Theatre of the Oppressed. Check it out!

The U.S. has the highest per capita prison population in the world and more people in prolonged solitary confinement than any other country. It doesn’t matter if a person is innocent or guilty, we have no right torture them.