The Woman in the ‘Family of Man’ Family

This classic photo here from 1936 is “Migrant Mother” by Dorothea Lange
The Woman in the ‘Family of Man’ Family
One of my favorite and most influential photo books is

The Family of Man

. The Family of Man was a photography exhibition curated by Edward Steichen first shown in 1955 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and later turned into a book. I just learned on Wikipedia that the book has sold more than 4 million copies. A true testament to the power of straight photography of the human experience.
To read some about one of the photos, see the link below from the NY Times. A lot has been said about this photograph, but Misha Erwitt (whose mother and sister are shown) says its greatest meaning comes from its place in his family. Please click here to see the photo and read the story. A real treat to get some inside information about one of the images.

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