The Family Of Man Paperback – Jul 2 2002
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Making us aware of our responsibility to cherish life, to handle it tenderly and respectfully, for our own sake and for the benefit of our children, is its clear intent.
I discovered this book on my parents' bookshelf at the age of six. It was my introduction to the world, as expressed through the images of others. Thanks to The Family of Man, I began to understand the vastness of the world, in contrast to my own small one.
I saw more in those images with every passing year. The aphorisms from the world's great literature, printed alongside the photographs, became comprehensible to me as I learned to read words as I had been taught by this book to read human faces. I was impressed by our vast differences, and touched and comforted by the common humanity that we share with one another.
The messages contained within this work are timeless and relevent. If I had the power to do so,I would place a copy of this book in every classroom of every grade of all the schools in the world. In my opinion, there is no one of any age for whom this book is not appropriate.
I believe from the beginning we all want to be the best we can be; somehow along the way too many of us lose hope. This book reminds us of the worthiness of the pursuit of the meaning of life. Though as individual members of the global community we may be quite different, we nonetheless see in these pictures the implications of choices made for, and against life--and we are inspired to consider thoughtfully the implications of our everyday thoughts and acts.
This may well be the first and greatest lesson in life.
I was keeped almost in silence from entering to exiting and the message of the pictures was striking to me then - and 15 years later it still is.
This is a collection of pictures from all the world, picked between Thousands to be the best pictures to describe the family of man as we ALL are. No matter of colour, religion, origin or political believe we are all sons, fathers, lovers, hungry, thirsty, at times fearful and at times playful - WE ARE ALL ALIKE!
This message is as important now as it was in the 50` and looking at extreemist and the war of terror, you can only wonder how come we have learned nothing in 50 years.
The book brings me back to Clervaux and the thoughts about life, and each time I stop at a different picture or text, that captures the essence of where I am at that time of life. The book is universal not only to man but also to moods.
However happy I am to own the book it is nothing compared with the exhibition in Luxembourg. I can only say that I returned and will return again, and for the full experience of these pictures I will recommend it to all.
Most recent customer reviews
This collection of pictures is rightly a classic. This is a no nonsense presentation of one of the all time most important exhibitions in [photographic history.Published 14 months ago by Mr. T. Pickering
I have owned the photo collection The Family of Man since its original printing, and finally had to discard my old worn copy, which had fallen to pieces. Read morePublished on June 1 2014 by Carol M. Takyi
This is simply the best collections of photographs that I have ever seen. The book dates from the 50's, but the subject matter... humans... are the same today. Read morePublished on Dec 1 2003 by Dan G
I have given this book as a gift many times over the years, and can't recommend it enough. The photographs are beautiful, giving the viewer a sense of what is common in the... Read morePublished on Jan. 19 2002 by Patty K.
It seems I've owned this book forever and never tire of browsing through it. The beautiful black and white photos are timeless and just as applicable to the stages of life in 2001... Read morePublished on Dec 14 2001 by Theresa Douglass
Edward Steichen's 1955 exhibition preserved in book form. The Family of Man is a touching, beautiful, horrifying, funny, tragic, poignant collection of photos. Read morePublished on Sept. 27 2001 by W. Weinstein
While vacationing in Germany we decided to take a daytrip to Luxembourg. The collection of these photos were kept in a castle on a hill there. Read morePublished on May 5 2001 by J. Phillips
I recently purchased this book, after having grown up with it in the 50s and 60s. The photographs are as stunning, vibrant and moving as I recall, and I realized that I had... Read morePublished on March 28 2001 by middlemoo