Photos by Kirk: Film Discussion

Jamie Day Fleck Marc Mamigonian NAASR Project SAVE Armenian Photograph Archives Ruth Thomasian Sevag Yeghonyan

Sunday, March 28, 2021 at 7:00 pm Eastern / 4:00 pm Pacific
On Zoom and NAASR's YouTube channel Armenian Studies.

PANEL DISCUSSION
JAMIE DAY FLECK, Filmmaker, Director and Producer of Photos by Kirk
RUTH THOMASIAN, Founder, Project SAVE Armenian Photograph Archives
SEVAG YEGHONYAN, Founder, Pomegranate Film Festival (Toronto)
MARK A. MAMIGONIAN, Director of Academic Affairs, National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR)

Panelists discuss the film Photos by Kirk, which tells the story of an Armenian Genocide survivor who immigrated to America in 1920 and worked as a photographer in the Bronx from the 1920s to 1970s. Kourken Hovsepian (professional-ly known as Kirk) photographed weddings, bar mitzvahs, confirmations, and local events. His photo-graphs document a unique period in New York City’s history and the ethnically diverse inhabitants of his neighborhood. Though he lost his whole family in the tragic events of 1915 in the Ottoman Empire, Kirk’s story revives the American Dream and what it means to document generations of celebratory events in other people’s lives.

CO-SPONSORS
National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR)
Project SAVE Armenian Photograph Archives

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