Through My Father's Eyes: The Filipino American Photographs of Ricardo Orceto Alvarado (1914-1976)

November 21, 2002 – March 31, 2003

National Museum of American History
14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC

3rd Floor, West Wing, Documentary Photo Gallery Floor Plan

On view are 50 photographs taken by Ricardo Alvarado after WWII that document Filipino life and history in the U.S. and trace that community's transformation from a generation of bachelors to a society defined by family life. The images of ordinary people at family and community gatherings and cultural celebrations reflect Filipino life in the San Francisco Bay Area in the 1940s and 1950s. The images were selected from over 3,000 negatives found by the photographer's daughter after his death in 1976. Presented in cooperation with the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program Office.