The project Family. Life. from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications has been unveiled and featured on the New York Times’ LENS blog. Directed by Andrea Wise as her graduate project and advised by Alexia Tsairis Chair for Documentary Photography Mike Davis, the project features a collaborative effort of images and videos by students from 16 countries.
by looking at stories of families, we’re really looking at life
The project explores family as the center of life around the world and includes students from 34 schools, 147 projects, 2,117 photos, and 44 videos. Family. Life. took over a year to finish and currently exists as a website while the project seeks the means to produce a book.
Family. Life. was inspired by The Family of Man, the renowned 1955 Museum of Modern Art exhibition curated by Edward Steichen. Wise says “Where The Family of Man was more about humanity as a family, our focus was a little more specifically on the families of humanity, and how by looking at stories of families, we’re really looking at life. So it’s the idea of looking at Family and at Life, and the punctuation (in the title) plays with the idea of how families are made up of individuals that together form a larger entity.”
Alexia 2015 Student Winner Michael Santiago is one of the participating students with his project A Promise that documents his father’s declining health due to cancer. His project can be seen by clicking on the image below.