About

Diverse Humanity is a groundbreaking series of photography books that showcase the rich diversity and complexity of LGBTQ communities around the world. The books spotlight marginalized and frequently persecuted communities that have challenged rigid definitions of family and personhood. Exploring human relationships in all their intricate variations and bringing together a distinguished group of photographers, Diverse Humanity—the first photobook series of its kind—takes a nuanced look at a wide range of people and cultures. The project explores gender diversity, gender expression, and sexual orientation championing a view of humanity that moves beyond binary perceptions.


The photobook series is a unique collaboration between the Arcus Foundation, Emerson, Wajdowicz Studios, and The New Press. To learn more, visit:   


Jon Stryker, philanthropist, architect, activist for social and environmental causes, and photography devotee, is the founder and board president of the Arcus Foundation dedicated to the idea that people can live in harmony with one another and the natural world.


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), 67/11 (EWS Press) and he is the author of Pride and Joy: Taking the Streets of New York City  (The New Press). To learn more, visit: 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: 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: 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: designEWS.com