Monday, March 30, 2009

mothers & children

Mothers & Children. National Geographic. 2009. Copy supplied by publisher. Non Fiction. Available from publisher, as well as from sites like Amazon.

Photographs from around the world of mothers and children.

It's a small book; I was expecting something like that Sisters book from the 1990s, big and oversized and only fitting on the coffee table.

This is a smaller book; more intimate, less showy, easier to hold, to look at together, to share. The photos are of mothers and children, small and grown, from around the world and different times. Credits give the location of the photograph and the name of the photographer; by omitting the names of the people in the photos, and by not saying anything about them, the people -- despite age, race, ethnicity -- become every person. A photo album for all of us.

My favorites? It has changed each time I look at this book. First time, it was the sleeping baby in a background of red fabric (Shenyang, Manchuria); then it was the upside-down children, laughing, parents legs in the background, holding the kids upside down (Red Lodge, Montana). When I read it again, for this post, it changed to the parent saying farewell to their son, a soldier, in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Non Fiction Monday: at Tales From The Rushmore Kid

Links: (interesting to read the ones that are photography blogs!)
My Twitter Review
Portals & KM review
Epic Edits Weblog review
Meditations On A Moment review
blogs of photographers review

© Elizabeth Burns of A Chair, A Fireplace & A Tea Cozy

1 comment:

Alix said...

I want this book now.