The Family of Man, Clervaux

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The Family of Man was an ambitious photography exhibition curated by Edward Steichen, the director of the Museum of Modern Art's (MOMA) Department of Photography. It was first shown in 1955 from January 24 to May 8 at the New York MOMA, then toured the world for eight years, making stops in thirty-seven countries on six continents as part of the Museum's International Program. More than 9 million people viewed the exhibit.According to Steichen, the exhibition represented the "culmination of his career."The physical collection is archived and displayed at Clervaux Castle in Luxembourg (Edward Steichen's home country; he was born there in 1879 in Bivange). It was first presented there in 1994 after restoration of the prints.In 2003 the Family of Man photographic collection was added to UNESCO's Memory of the World Register in recognition of its historical value.As U.S. cultural diplomacyThe photographs included in the exhibition focus on the commonalities that bind people and cultures around the world and the exhibition itself served as an expression of humanism in the decade following World War II. The United States Information Agency toured the photographs throughout the world in five different versions for seven years, under the auspices of the Museum of Modern Art International Program.The collection's overtones of peace and human brotherhood symbolized a lifting of the overhanging danger of an atomic war for Soviet citizens. This meaning seemed to be grasped especially by Russian students and intellectuals.
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  • This was worth the trip from Luxembourg on a rainy day. The photos of the post-war years are out of this world and displayed well with great lighting in a beautiful renovated space in Clervaux castle....  more »
  • Visited on the 1st September with my family. We arrived within half an hour of the advertised guided tour so I asked the two surly young men behind the desk if it was still on? They shuffled uncomfort...  more »
  • Wonderful,emotionally moving,exhibition of photos from all around the world. People young and old! I bought the book so I can browse through again these portrayals of life.
  • Very impressive, even if you don't have any knowledge of photography.
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