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The Family of Man, Clervaux

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4.6/5 based on 100+ reviews on the web
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. 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.''The Family of Man'' 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 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 is one of the most beautiful picture exhibitions I ever saw. is about the many aspects of life, positive and negative.
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  • Pictures that are still beautiful and fascinating after all this time. By the way of presenting and the location the photos came out.
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  • Disappointed because we were there, driven by the local tourist office, while we are little interested in this type of exposure photos. However, this allows the inside visit of the volumes of this splendid Castle
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  • Very special exhibition.
  • Exceptional! Indispensable to see and review exposure. An exceptional photographic heritage.
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  • Impressive photo exhibition!
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