New Viewpoint

Photography and Family

Family. What does it mean to us today? The definition of "family" in our language has shifted significantly in the 21st century. This has become apparent due to changes in communication, migration, wealth distribution, family law and the institution of marriage.

Alongside this, new developments in technology and social media mean we can now easily share family moments and memories with our nearest and dearest, in an instant. Photography has therefore become, with respect to family and more generally too, a ubiquitous hobby in which personal snapshots of everyday moments are a shared digital and networked phenomenon.

In 2016/17 The Photographers’ Gallery embarked on an ambitious forty-week digital photography project Family Photography Now that explored the concept of a contemporary family, inviting people to share the myriad ways in which a family today can be made up.

Introduction: Family Photography Now 40 Weeks

Bindi Vora offers a brief introduction to this 40-week project led by The Photographers’ Gallery in collaboration with Thames & Hudson and Guardian Family.

1. Family Fridge

Family Photography Now, week 1. With a directive set by Brett Rogers OBE and an image by Robin Cracknell

2. Faraway

Family Photography Now, week 2. With a directive set by Laura El-tantawy and an image by Federico Alfonzo

3. Father's Day

Family Photography Now, week 3. With a directive set by Tian Li and an image by Ova Hamer

4. Tears

Family Photography Now, week 4. With a directive set by Erik Kessels and an image by Patricia Pulido

5. Sisters

Family Photography Now, week 5. With a directive set by Patience Lunika and an image by Debbie George

6. Framily

Family Photography Now, week 6. With a directive set by Susan Bright and an image by Martine Fougeron

7. Courtship

Family Photography Now, week 7. With a directive set by Analisa Barbieri and an image by Fred Alma

8. Token

Family Photography Now, week 8. With a directive set by Martin Parr and an image by Patricia Silva 

9. Born

Family Photography Now, week 9. With a directive set by Jenny Lewis and an image by Misa Hamasaki

10. Remember

Family Photography Now, week 10. With a directive set by Karin Andreasson and an image by Diane Creel

11. Holiday

Family Photography Now, week 11. With a directive set by Julie Blackmon and an image by Chi Smith

12. Role Model

Family Photography Now, week 12. With a directive set by Ayo Akinwolere and an image by Bindi Vora

13. Single Parents

Family Photography Now, week 13. With a directive set by Robin Cracknell and an image by Jai Tyler

14. Embraced Difference

Family Photography Now, week 14. With a directive set by Sian Davey and an image by Anahita Avalos

15. Get Together

Family Photography Now, week 15. With a directive set by Mary McCartney and an image by Bryony Jones

16. Imagination

Family Photography Now, week 16. With a directive set by Charlotte Philby and an image by Cetin Burcu

17. Loss

Family Photography Now, week 17. With a directive set by Sarker Protick and an image by Nadia Peters

18. Meal Time

Family Photography Now, week 18. With a directive set by Meera Sodha and an image by Jess Berry

19. Housework

Family Photography Now, week 19. With a directive set by The Photographers' Gallery and an image by Michele Lee Golden

20. Blended Family

Family Photography Now, week 20. With a directive set by Ali Smith and an image by Mariana Salazar

21. Pets

Family Photography Now, week 21. With a directive set by The Kennel Club and an image by Grace Armitage

22. Fireworks

Family Photography Now, week 22. With a directive set by Tim Lott and an image by Kellie French.

23. Home

Family Photography Now, week 23. With a directive set by Liz Hingley and an image by Mariana Salazar.

24. Inspire

Family Photography Now, week 24. With a directive set by The Pool UK and an image by Varvara Shinkarenko

25. Health

Family Photography Now, week 25. With a directive set by Tim Andrews and an image by Fiona Bailey.

26. Moment

Family Photography Now, week 26. With a directive set by Mimi Mollica and an image by Julia O'Brien

27. Rainbow Families

Family Photography Now, week 27. With a directive set by Verena Jaekel and an image by Holly Cocker.

28. Christmas

Family Photography Now, week 28. With a directive set by Cecilia Reynoso and an image by James Cunliffe.

29. Shopping

Family Photography Now, week 29. With a directive set by Nigel Shafran and an image by Alex Djordjevic

30. Equality

Family Photography Now, week 30. With a directive set by the Women's Equality Party and an image by Vavara Shinkarenko

31. Sanctuary

Family Photography Now, week 31. With a directive set by Helen Cammock and an image by Kellie French

32. Heirloom

Family Photography Now, week 32. With a directive set by The Foundling Museum and an image by Sarah Grumitt.

33. Invisible

Family Photography Now, week 33. With a directive set by Lemn Sissay MBE and an image by Nadia Peters

34. Last Picture

Family Photography Now, week 34. With a directive set by Oliver Chanarin and an image by Samantha Exley

35. Books

Family Photography Now, week 35. With a directive set by Penguin Books and an image by Dee Miller.

36. Sleep

Family Photography Now, week 36. With a directive set by Alec Soth and an image by Varvara Shinkarenko

37. Special Place

Family Photography Now, week 37. With a directive set by Tom Hunter and an image by Jo Ellicott.

38. Childhood

Family Photography Now, week 38. With a directive set by Jonny Briggs and an image by Clarisse D’Arcimoles

39. Beloved

Family Photography Now, week 38. With a directive set by Stephen McLaren and an image by Mariana Salazar.

40. Family

Family Photography Now, week 40. With a directive set by The Photographers' Gallery and Thames & Hudson and an image by Jo Ellicott

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