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A belief that we have value, that humanity has nobility, was the guiding principle in assembling these ...
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A belief that we have value, that humanity has nobility, was the guiding principle in assembling these photographs. Focusing on images from the second half of the twentieth century, this collection includes work by some of the most distinguished photographers of our era. Here are photographs that record the innocent optimism of childhood as a mother combs her daughter's hair in preparation for her first communion, or children gather at an idyllic swimming hole. Others record hope as the great motivator, from the cosmic, in an extraordinary image of Apollo II blasting into space, to the individual, as a Mexican family gazes across the border as they await an opportunity to run to California. And here too is unforgettable evidence of hope in the most desperate of circumstances: a family resolutely gathers its personal belongings after a flood; a Rwandan tailor intently pursues his routine amidst a scene of utter devastation. And we see hope even in our biological essence, in Lennart Nilssons' astonishing photograph of a sperm meeting an egg.
More than one hundred photographers have contributed to this compelling portrait of this thing, this urge, this hope that gets us out of bed in the morning, that makes us believe we can do the most mundane and the most impossible of tasks.