The Family of man : the 30th anniversary edition of the classic book of photography

by Edward Steichen

Paper Book, 1955




New York, N.Y. : The Museum : Distributed by Simon & Schuster, 1983, c1955.


Hailed as the most successful exhibition of photography ever assembled, 'The Family of Man' opened at The Museum of Modern Art in January 1955. Presenting what Edward Steichen referred to as a 'collective portrait' of humanity, the exhibition featured 503 photographs from 68 countries, 273 of which were taken by amateur photographers. As the permanent embodiment of this monumental exhibition, this book reproduces every one of the images that Steichen described as 'a mirror of the essential oneness of mankind throughout the world. Photographs made in all parts of the world, of the gamut of life from birth to death.' This hardback edition is published to celebrate the 60th anniversary of this landmark exhibition and book.

User reviews

LibraryThing member oook
This book has been with me since 1955, and it surely was the foundation for the photographic aesthetic I've been working on ever since I first was galvanized by the images.
LibraryThing member PghDragonMan
One of the greatest photojournalism exhibits ever mounted. While some of the Western clothing appears dated, the poses and interactions captured from all over the world are timeless. If you ever doubted we are one family, look at these photographs. The title is really what it is all about.
LibraryThing member viviennestrauss
After watching a wonderful documentary on Steichen (for the 4th time) I decided to look for this book, found it online at MOMA but lucked out even better - found a copy at my local library bookstore!
LibraryThing member mahallett
i wanted more info about the photos and the photographers. i know that wasn't the idea of the exhibit.
LibraryThing member EudesDeParis
What a shock to see my aunt photographed in here. That alone gets a five-star rating for the collection.


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