Mobile Studio Portrait studios played a major role as repositories of memories during times in Ethiopia's history when cameras were banned. People still carry studio portraits in their pockets, wallets and photo albums. In Sudden Flowers' neighborhood, we erected a temporary studio. Many of the subjects who volunteered to be photographed did not have photographs of themselves; often, their parents had died and no one took them to the studio. Since portrait photographs indicate personal history, these people were filling their own visual void.