Family Photography Now


A bold anthology that explores how photographers worldwide are tackling the maelstrom of family life


ISBN: 9780500544532 Category:

Sophie Howarth, Stephen McLaren


Family Photography Now presents 40 international image-makers who have turned their lens on the complex dynamics of the family, whether their own or other people’s. In these pages you will find Swedish stay-at-home dads and Congolese first-time mothers, families with same-sex parents and families with identical twins, blended families and extended families, portraits made via Skype and portraits of imaginary families. Sophisticated art projects appear alongside highly personal images, many never before published in book form.

From Magnum member Trent Parke’s darkly amusing shots of life in suburban Australia and Denis Dailleux’s portraits of Egyptian bodybuilders and their mothers to Elina Brotherus’s devastating records of failed IVF and Nadia Sablin’s elegy to her elderly aunts in rural Russia, this book takes readers on powerful journeys that are by turns moving, funny, thought-provoking and inspiring, encouraging us to reflect on how we photograph our own families.

Complete with profiles revealing each photographer’s story and working methodology, and two essays analyzing the complications of family attachments and the ways in which these have been captured in photography of many genres and moods, this book will appeal to photographers both professional and amateur, and to anyone who has ever been intrigued by the dramas that are ordinarily played out behind closed doors.

Additional information

Weight 1584 g
Dimensions 28.1 x 25 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 1 May 2016
Number of pages 240
Format Hardback
Dimensions 28.1 x 25 cm
Weight 1584 g


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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.