Five photo books about family

Whatever its declination, the family has always been one of photography’s favourite subjects. We have chosen five books just released that tell as many versions of it.

Photography has very often dealt with the family, the documentation (or rather the representation) of what is closest being one of the two main hinges on which the relationship between author and decryption of reality has always moved. From Jacques Henri Lartigue’s bourgeois fresco to Richard Billingham’s popular snapshot, from Sally Mann’s intimate and rural Immediate Family to Nan Golding’s desperate ballad, from Elinor Carucci’s self-ironic self-portrait to Donna Ferrato’s or Darcy Padilla’s participatory reportage, from Matt Eich’s everyday poetry to Mitch Epstein's impartial reporting, from Nicholas Nixon's time travel to Issei Suda's snapshots, there are many and varied forms of family that the photographic book has been able to tell.

And if the French publisher Chose Commune has just published Suda’s delightful Family Diary, the unbridled British publisher MACK has just published re-editions of two classics such as Pictures From Home by Larry Sultan – a colourful and uncompromising tribute by the great photographer to his parents – and Family by Masahisa Fukase – an album of a choral and open family that represents the lighter and more amused side of the unfortunate Japanese author.

In the gallery of this article we have selected five more of the most interesting and recent examples of books about family in some of its many possible forms.

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