Family Photography Now

Family Photography Now

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A beautiful and moving anthology exploring the complex dynamics of contemporary family life.

Forty international photographers present pictures, albums and archives, many never previously published in book form. They explore relationships between brothers and sisters, parents and children, step-families and in-laws, outcasts and adoptees. Featured projects include Birte Kaufman's award-winning images of Irish travellers, Magnum member Trent Parke's darkly amusing shots of his family in suburban Australia, Nadia Sablin's elegy to her elderly aunts living in rural Russia, and Elina Brotherus's devastating records of failed IVF.

Two critically engaging essays address how photographs have become an essential tool for families to lay down memories, reinforce identities and understand emotional attachments.

A bold and brave book that will captivate everyone curious about other people's lives, and all those who turn to photography to celebrate or make sense of their own family.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 240 pages
  • 240 x 270 x 25.4mm | 1,590g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • With over 320 illustrations in colour and black and white
  • 0500544530
  • 9780500544532
  • 375,372

Table of contents

Introduction * Our Own Families * Other People's Families
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Review quote

'A journey through the modern world ... every picture tells a thousand words about the way we live' - Motherland 'All of family life is here - which means all of human life too' - New Statesman 'Tackles the emotional rollercoaster of family life with the honesty it deserves' - Guardian 'A thorough deconstruction of what family photos habitually are' - Telegraph 'The images are thoughtful, disturbing, and funny in turn; there is a great variety of work to explore' - Royal Photographic Society Journal
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About Sophie Howarth

Sophie Howarth is a writer, teacher, curator and entrepreneur based in London. Co-founder of the School of Life, she has also been Curator of Public Programmes at Tate Modern and an Associate Curator for Artangel. Stephen McLaren is a photographer, writer and curator based in San Francisco.
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