Need to be needed


Intimate and profound depiction of a family and the need of being part of a group.


ISBN: 9789171265890 Category:


Anna Clarén has during her entire career directed her attention towards her closest family, using her camera as a tool of exploring life. In this book she is delving into the third level of Maslow’s pyramid of needs – the need to be needed. She asks: Who am I in my family, and who am I without them? Who really needs whom?

In her images, she investigates the family as a constellation with the inherent power to unite people in their efforts to satisfy their need to be needed. Adults usually choose their family, while children are born into theirs. It is easy to see children’s immediate need for care, but could adults have an equally significant need to be needed? What demands does the family place on us? What happens to individuals’ privacy and autonomy? Why do we belong to a family constellation, what propels us towards the family, and what needs are we looking to satisfy?

This intimate and profound depiction of a family and their everyday life is not only an art book but also a wonderful gift.

Additional information

Weight 984 g
Dimensions 25.3 x 27.6 cm
Publisher name Bokforlaget Max Strom
Publication date 6 February 2024
Number of pages 128
Format Hardback
Contributors Photographs by Anna Clarén
Dimensions 25.3 x 27.6 cm
Weight 984 g


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Anna Clarén is an award-winning Swedish photographer who previously has published several acclaimed photo books, among them Close to Home and When Everything Changed. She is represented at a number of institutions, including Moderna Museet in Stockholm, and is educational director at the Nordic Photo School.