The Family of Man

The photo exhibition "The Family of Man" has been granted UNESCO world heritage status. The collection consists of 503 photographs by 273 photographers from 68 different countries, compiled by Edward Steichen for the "Museum of Modern Art" in New York (MoMA). The exhibition, first presented in 1955, is a manifesto for peace and the fundamental equality of all people, represented by post-war humanist photography. Images by photographers such as Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, August Sander, and Dorothea Lange are arranged in a spectacular, modernist display.

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"The Family of Man" - a unique photo exhibition in Luxembourg

"The Family of Man" is known as the "greatest photo exhibition of all time". It was conceived in the 1950s by the American photographer and head of the photography department of the "Museum of Modern Art", Edward Steichen.

After a ten-year world tour, the exhibition was offered to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg in 1964. Since the mid-1990s, it has been on permanent display at the Clervaux Castle. The historical arrangement of the photographs from 1955 was taken into account. Since 2003, the exhibition has been part of the UNESCO World Documentary Heritage.

Showing the universality of human experience through photography

"The Family of Man" paints a portrait of humanity and emphasises that people are part of one big family, without concealing the differences. The images deal with 37 different themes such as love, belief in humankind, birth, work, family, education, children, war, and peace. Steichen's intention was to show the universality of human experience and emotions on the one hand, but also the enormous capacity of photography to reveal these similarities and communicate them to a broad public on the other hand.

Since its creation, "The Family of Man" has attracted more than 10 million visitors, becoming part of the history of photography as a legendary exhibition.

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Visit The Family of Man in Clervaux

The exhibition is opened from wednesday to Sunday from 12:00 - 18:00. Open from 1 March to 1 January.
Guided tours possible outside of the opening hours on request (Wednesday to Sunday)

Entrance fee: € 6 / reduced rate: € 4 / Free up to 21 years of age

Entrance fee includes use of a multimedia guide.


The Family of Man
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