From the 19th century to today, the concept of 'family' has changed over time -- from families born into ones, to the ones we have chosen for ourselves. Photographers then and now have found the basic unit of society an interesting, continuous study.
In today's context, the term 'family' is more complex than now. As more domestic issues arise, mere blood-relations no longer become the defining aspect of familial relations. Compared to more conservative times, the concept of family today is broader, sometimes providing alternative structures. The tradition, as it goes, is the father is the worker and provider of the family; the mother who handles the children and the domestic affairs, in some traditional families come the concept of the 'heir and the spare'.
The varying range of family relations is a spectacular one in America -- affluent and destitute, expect and unexpected, cohesive and fractured. Divorce single parenting, friends-as-family come into the discussion. Such broad topics were touched by Nan Goldin, Carrie Mae Weems, LaToya Ruby Frazier, and Harry Callahan.
Visit the display in (Un)expected Families at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, running through June 17, 2018.
In this second installment of our special two-part feature on cinematic photographers, we take a look back to more photographers who have mastered the dreamy, often surreal aesthetic of cinematic photography.
Nick Collingwood is an avid film photographer and active Lomography community member in New York City. He loves experimenting, which is why the LomoChrome Purple was his choice of film for his travels to Joshua Tree National Park and Portugal.
If you want to take your creative, analogue experience to the next level why not try starting up a film swap project. You'll get to work with other budding photographers in revealing something totally unique and one-off. This article gives you some tips on getting it right the first time.