With the 65th anniversary of the exhibition The Family of Man curated by Edward Steichen, the Revela’T International Analogue Photography Festival takes this iconic exhibition as leitmotiv for its eighth edition.

The Family of Man is centered in the 1950s, a turbulent decade with highly important sociopolitical events; the Cold War and its nuclear menace; racial segregation in the US and South Africa; political changes in Argentina and Cuba; among many other movements around the globe. Humanist Photography appeared as a response to this turbulence, a photography that places the person at its core, championing human qualities, virtues, spirit and dignity. This theme, with its marked social and documentary accent, portrays ordinary life, projecting a future charged with optimism.

In the US, Edward Steichen assumed the role of creating an exhibition where a portrait of humanity could be presented, not just showing differences but also showing feelings of belonging, in a kind and hopeful way.

As a way to give homage to this important exhibition in the history of photography, Revela’T festival proposes revisiting it again under the name “Humanity, a portrait of the present”. We are proposing a similar global approach but with a new contemporary critical vision. This is a call to show a global portrait of humanity today, the differences and similarities among ethnic, cultural and social groups. A joint portrait where similar challenges are shown as well new ones; climate change, destruction of habitats and populations, migration, the rise of the extreme right wing… A proposal to explore what makes us both unique and similar across the globe.

Following in the footsteps of the original exhibition we invite both amateurs and professionals in order to present the widest selection of photographs with the aim to reach the maximum amount of countries so we can show the different social forces at play in the contemporary world.


More about The Family of Man

The Family of Man was an exhibition curated by Edward Steichen (director of the photography department at MOMA) and his assistant Wayne Miller.
The exhibition was shown for the first time in 1955. Selecting the photos took more than three years from over two million photos that were received. This was reduced to 503 photos by 273 photographers from 68 countries; professionals, amateurs, famous and unknown.

It has been considered as the biggest photographic event ever created. After the initial exhibition at MOMA, it travelled all around the world. Between 1955 and 1964 it was seen by more than nine million visitors and was eventually gifted by the US government to the Great Duchy of Luxembourg.
It was restored and exhibited again between 1993 and 1994 and is permanently exhibited at Clearvaux castle, in Luxembourg.