People photograph their families more than ever before, whether casually, on a phone, or in a formal wedding portrait. This bold anthology explores how photographers around the world take on the emotional roller coaster and complex dynamics of family life. The book is divided into two parts: Our Own Families and Other People’s Families, focusing on photographers who make their own families their subjects and those who aim their lenses at other people’s. Each section includes an essay analyzing the complex attachments between brothers and sisters, parents and children, step-families and in-laws, outcasts and adoptees.
The book includes the work of nearly forty international photographers, including sophisticated artworks in a range of photographic styles, and personal, never-before published shots. Birte Kaufman’s award-winning images of Irish travelers, 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 devastatingrecords of failed IVF, are just a few of the astonishing visual journeys, supplemented by interviews with the artists, that push the boundaries of our understanding of family.
A global and authentic family album
Sophie Howarth is the co-founder of The School of Life, founder of Department Store for the Mind, and former Curator of Public Programmes at Tate Modern. She has coauthored several books about photography, including Street Photography Now and Family Photography Now, both published by Thames & Hudson. Today she teaches creative leadership and supports social and environmental activists in London. Training as a spiritual director in the Ignatian tradition, she is supported by spiritual practices that emphasize insight, presence, and compassion.
Stephen McLaren is coauthor of the acclaimed Street Photography Now and editor of Magnum Streetwise. A writer for the British Journal of Photography, he has also curated histories of street photography at Tate Liverpool, the School of Life, and various international street photography festivals.