The Armenian Cultural FoundationSaving photos mean saving memories – that was the theme at an Armenian Cultural Foundation reception in Arlington this month.

Then an audience member made it real.

A talk by Executive Director Arto Vaun at the event for Project Save included a slide presentation. The first was a 1922 shot of Barlow’s Market in Arlington, with proprietor Sarkis Boyajian and his staff standing outside the store.

Vaun noted that not much more was known about Boyajian when Mary Ann Kazanjian exclaimed from the audience that he was her grandfather. The amused and amazed audience was delighted, Alin K. Gregorian reported in The Armenian Mirror-Spectator.

Photographer Winslow Martin, serving as master of ceremonies, explained his longtime connection with Project Save. He said he first met its founder, Ruth Thomasian, on assignment for the Watertown Tab newspaper. That led him to “understand the importance of what they do,” Gregorian reported.

“The power of the art of photography” is instrumental for “remembering and honoring” the past generations, he is quoted. “Thank you, Ruth, for your undying passion and for creating all of this.”

Thomasian is quoted: “We focus on change. Life changes and that is what our photographs try to capture.”

She thanked the Mirak Foundation, on whose premises the program was held, and Executive Director Ara Ghazarians.

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This news announcement was published Sunday, Dec. 25, 2022, based on information from The Armenian Mirror-Spectator.