Mothers: Ken Heyman’s Poignant and Tender Collection of Images of Motherhood

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All photographs taken by Ken Heyman. Used with permission.

Since the 50s, award-winning photographer Ken Heyman’s powerful photographs have graced numerous publications, museum and gallery exhibits, and books–his subjects ranging from human conditions in the poorer parts of the world to happy occasions celebrated in well-to-do ones.

The assortment of the subjects and themes in Ken’s photographs deliver very visible differences that emphasize just how very diverse our world is. But many of these photographs also beautifully highlight the similarities in human interactions and relationships.

Take the inspiring and tender collection of black and white images he’d taken of mothers and their kids, for example. Captured several decades years ago while working on a book called “Family” with his former Columbia professor and close friend Margaret Mead, Ken only recently rediscovered them while emptying the contents of a storage unit.

The photos from the collection, lying in wait in a box labeled “Mothers,” were taken in over 60 countries and of women and children that belong to different races and cultures. When looking through them, however, you begin to fathom the startling likeness in all of them.

Ken’s collection is hard proof that despite backgrounds, cultures, and skin colors, a mother’s love and the bond between her and her children remains the same.


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