Barthes on the Great Family of Man

Barthes on the Great Family of Man

This myth of the human ‘condition’ rests on a very old mystification, which always consists in placing Nature at the bottom of History. Barthes’s essay serves as a critique of Steichen’s “Family of Man” exhibition on the grounds of naturalizing elements of life under...
In Our Glory

In Our Glory

All colonized and subjugated people who, by way of resistance, create an oppositional subculture within the framework of domination, recognize that the field of representation [. . .] is a site of ongoing struggle.  bell hooks’s essay examines the importance of family...
Writing about family photos

Writing about family photos

I can identify several people in this picture – my mother, my grandmother, myself, one of my parents’ friends and her son who went to preschool with me. I would assume the photographer to be either my father or grandfather, most likely my dad. On the back of the photo...