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Through My Father’s Eyes – The Filipino American Photographs of Ricardo Ocreto Alvarado

OCTOBER 12, 2022

Rob Chua, Avenues Consulting;
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“Through My Father’s Eyes – The Filipino American Photographs of Ricardo Ocreto Alvarado”

OCTOBER 12, 2022 – West Sacramento, CA—In celebration of Filipino American History Month, The Alvarado Project is holding an opening reception to honor the 20th Anniversary of “Through My Father’s Eyes – The Filipino American Photographs of Ricardo Ocreto Alvarado (1914 -1976)” on Friday, October 14, 2022, from 2:00pm to 4:00pm at the West Sacramento Community located at 1075 West Capitol Avenue, West Sacramento, California. This event is hosted by the West Sacramento Historical Society.

The works of Ricardo Ocreto Alvarado, a groundbreaking artist-photographer known for his works entailing the intricate history and experiences of the Filipino community in San Francisco, will be featured by the West Sacramento Historical Society. Alvarado’s works have been prominently featured alongside collections, such as the Wylie Wong-May’s Studio Collection of photographs and the Ruth Asawa Papers. Iconic images from the Alvarado archives are also set to display at the Cantor Museum (2022) and Stanford Special Collections Library (2023). 20 years ago, the Smithsonian National Museum of American History celebrated Mr. Alvarado’s works. This landmark exhibit and national tour exploring the Filipino diaspora was the first of its kind in any of its sixteen museums. Mr. Alvarado’s photos offer a rare glimpse into a significant period of history in the post-war, civil right era captured through his particular lens. When he died in 1976, Ricardo Ocreto Alvarado left behind a historically significant archive of over 3,000 rare photographs and ephemera—a vital portrait of Filipino American life in the 1940s and 1950s.

Founded in 1998, The Alvarado Project is a non-profit and a community-based volunteer organization of artists, students, and educators. It is headed by Executive Director, Janet Alvarado, who has carefully studied, curated, and stewarded the body of work since the Project’s inception. The project seeks to continually foster multicultural understanding, strengthen the community through art and cultural programs, and collect historically significant artifacts and material about the Filipino American community in the San Francisco, Bay Area and beyond.