Forty international photographers present pictures, albums and archives, many never previously published in book form. They explore relationships between brothers and sisters, parents and children, step-families and in-laws, outcasts and adoptees. Featured projects include Birte Kaufman¬ís award-winning images of Irish travellers, Magnum member Trent Parke¬ís darkly amusing shots of his family in suburban Australia, Nadia Sablin¬ís elegy to her elderly aunts living in rural Russia, and Elina Brotherus¬ís devastating records of failed IVF.
Two critically engaging essays address how photographs have become an essential tool for families to lay down memories, reinforce identities and understand emotional attachments.
A bold and brave book that will captivate everyone curious about other people's lives, and all those who turn to photography to celebrate or make sense of their own family.