This ambitious exhibition, which brought together hundreds of images by photographers working around the world, was a forthright declaration of global solidarity in the decade following World War II. Organized by noted photographer and director of MoMA’s Department of Photography Edward Steichen, the exhibition took the form of a photo essay celebrating the universal aspects of the human experience. Steichen had invited photographers to submit photographs for consideration, explaining that his aim was to capture “the gamut of life from birth to death”—a task for which, he argued, photography was uniquely suited. The exhibition toured the world for eight years, attracting more than 9 million visitors.
The Family of Man
MoMA January 24–May 8, 1955
Ansel AdamsAmerican, 1902–198447 exhibitions, 84 works online
Lola Alvarez BravoMexican, 1907–19932 exhibitions, 2 works online
Manuel Álvarez BravoMexican, 1902–200228 exhibitions, 44 works online
Erich Andres1 exhibition
Emmy AndriesseDutch, 1914–19537 exhibitions, 6 works online
- There are 251 artists in this exhibition online.