Asia is the world’s largest and most populous continent with a huge diversity of culture, race and history, but traditions of filial piety and love for family is a common, bonding thread. Here are 8 photo essays by photographers who have pointed their lenses inwards on their family – a view into their personal lives.
Maika Elan: Like My Father
Vietnam’s Maika Elan won 1st Prize at World Press last year for her portraits on Gay couples in Vietnam. Maika follows up with a very personal project in tribute to her ailing father. View more: Photo Essay: Like My Father, by Maika Elan
Sohrab Hura: Life is Elsewhere
Sohrab Hura is one of India’s most acclaimed young photographers. Sohrab’s “Life is Elsewhere” is a personal journal and life meditation inspired by his mother who suffers from acute paranoid schizophrenia. Sohrab talks about his project here: Photographing the Personal. And read our exclusive interview here: Getting Personal with Sohrab Hura – An interview with Magnum’s new nominee.
Sean Lee: Homework
Singaporean photographer Sean Lee won the ICON de Martell Award in 2011 with his ‘Homework’ series of family portraits. In Homework, Sean uses photography and humour as a means to bond with his family. His latest iteration ‘The Garden’ explores life, death and inevitability through a forensic study of his parents’ bodies. View our behind-the-scenes video of Sean photographing his family: Sean Lee: Homework – Strangers in the Family
Sarker Protick: What Remains
Ore Huiying: We Are Farmers
Cindy Bajema: Where She Was
Currently based in China, freelance photographer Cindy Bajema celebrats her mother’s life in Where She Was, a touching portrait made during the last months of her mother’s life.
John Clang: Guilt
Kevin WY Lee: Return Of Hundred Daughters
IPA founder Kevin WY Lee explores his his own family, identity and diaspora history in Return Of Hundred Daughters, a family portrait as visualised through his father’s historic return to his home village in Kaiping, China.