The Family of Man Exhibition – MOMA 1955


Silent Desires, Oil on Canvas

…the mind is restless, turbulent, strong and unyielding…as difficult to subdue as the wind. Bhagavad-Gita



Before me peaceful, behind me peaceful, under me peaceful, over me peaceful. All around me peaceful…Navajo Indian

The Family of Man at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, was billed as the greatest photographic exhibition of all time with 503 pictures from 68 countries, showing the gamut of life from birth to death with strong emphasis on universal emotions. The catalogue of the exhibition is a revealing and beautiful portrayal of humanity taken by 273 amateur and professional photographers, highlighting the commonality of our existence and our need for family, love, work, play and hope. One of my favourite images is “The funniest thing about him is the way he likes to grow” by Toni Frissell which elegantly captures the enchantment and in the moment-ness of a child’s wonder. An important book in the history of photography and one which makes you cherish the moments of life.


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