The Family of Man
Text by Carl Sandberg
Hailed as the most successful exhibition of photography ever assembled, The Family of Man opened at The Museum of Modern Art, New York in January 1955. This book, the permanent embodiment of Edward Steichen’s monumental exhibition, reproduces all of the 503 images that Steichen described as “a mirror of the essential oneness of mankind throughout the world. Photographs made in all parts of the world, of the gamut of life from birth to death.” A classic and inspiring work, The Family of Man has been in print for more than 40 years. The New York Times once wrote that it “symbolises the universality of human emotions.” First produced by a magazine publisher and sold by the hundreds of thousands on newsstands and in airport shops, The Family of Man has been in more recent years published by the Museum. It has been continuously in print since 1955.
About the editor:
Edward Jean Steichen was a Luxembourgish American photographer, painter, and art gallery and museum curator.
About the contributor:
Carl August Sandburg was a Swedish-American poet, writer, and editor. He won three Pulitzer Prizes: two for his poetry and one for his biography of Abraham Lincoln.
About the publisher:
The Museum of Modern Art’s publications program has been an integral part of the Museum’s mission since its founding in 1929. The Department of Publications has published over 2,500 titles in 35 languages to date, including exhibition catalogues that provide a lasting record of MoMA’s diverse exhibition program; scholarly texts on key works and artists in MoMA’s unrivalled collection; guides to MoMA’s history, buildings, and collections; and anthologies of important art-historical texts from around the world. MoMA publications exemplify the scholarship of the Museum’s staff and associates, and serve as a valuable resource to scholars, students, and art lovers alike.