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.
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Even today, the country Russia continues to be a mystery to many, despite open borders and its progressive society. The shroud may have remained due to its Soviet past, but esteemed Moscow-based photographer Frank Herfort tries to unveil the country as a portrait for the 21st century.
Colors mean differently for all walks of life. For this week we have coquelicot, a bright red named from the wild corn poppy. Lomography tries to understand the meaning of each complex color found in the gradient and what it means for most of us photographers.
French photo artist Guillaume Chiron has a different way to make his own images. Rather than pointing and shooting, he uses other bits and pieces of photographs to make his own stories. And what humorous stories they all are..