Diverse Humanity is a website dedicated to a groundbreaking series of LGBTQ-themed photography books that revisit and reinvent the concept behind “The Family of Man,” the landmark photography exhibition held at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1955. Taking into account the sweeping societal changes of the past sixty years, and arguing for a more diverse and inclusive sense of who we are in the twenty-first century, the books foregrounds a range of often hidden communities who live with varying degrees of acceptance and have challenged commonly held definitions of family. Exploring human relations in all their rich complexity, this photobook series—the first of its kind—focuses on the commonalities in order to dismantle the very idea that the “other” is fundamentally different from us.
Jon Stryker, philanthropist, architect, activist for social and environmental causes, and photography devotee, is the founder and board president of the Arcus Foundation promoting respect for diversity among peoples in nature.
Jurek Wajdowicz is an internationally renowned graphic designer, fine art photographer, and principal of Emerson, Wajdowicz Studios (EWS). His art photographs have been collected in Liminal Spaces. Fotografie_75 (Lars Müller Publishers), and he is the author of Pride and Joy: Taking the Streets of New York City (The New Press). To learn more, visit: www.jurekwajdowicz.com
The New Press publishes books that promote and enrich public discussion and the understanding of issues vital to our democracy and to a more equitable world. These books are made possible by the enthusiasm of an engaged readership; the support of a committed group of donors, large and small; the collaboration of many partners in the independent media and the not-for-profit sector; booksellers, who often hand-sell New Press books; librarians; and above all by the authors themselves. To learn more, visit: www.thenewpress.com
The Arcus Foundation was founded in 2000 by Jon Stryker and is dedicated to the idea that people can live in harmony with one another and the natural world. Arcus’ work is based on the belief that respect for diversity among peoples and in nature is essential to a positive future for our planet and all of its inhabitants. The foundation works globally and has offices in New York City and Cambridge, U.K. To learn more, visit: www.arcusfoundation.org
Emerson, Wajdowicz Studios (EWS) are the design consultants behind the Diverse Humanity photography book series. EWS, led by Lisa LaRochelle and Jurek Wajdowicz, is well known for its international expertise working on multi-platform design projects related to social justice, human rights, protection of the environment, education, photojournalism, U.N. aid programs, and other relevant cultural, political, and social issues. To learn more, visit: www.designEWS.com