From Sally Mann to Carrie Mae Weems, These Photographers Captured What It Means to Be a Mother
Like annual family portraits, photographs depicting motherhood are often staged presentations of love and comfort that gloss over the daily trials experienced by mothers—from the physical demands of pregnancy to the difficulties that arise when raising angsty teenagers. These six photographers have captured what motherhood really looks like through honest portraits that explore the complex roles of mothers. Though each image tells a different story, all emphasize the universal bond between mother and child.
Deana Lawson, Mama Goma, Gemena, DR Congo, 2014
Tina Barney, Jill and Polly in the Bathroom, 1987
Since the mid-1970s, has said. “This inability to show physical affection is in our heritage.”
Justine Kurland, Sea Stack, 2006
New York Times. “I’m picturing the world I want to be.”
Sally Mann, Untitled from the “At Twelve” Series, 1988
In this 1988 photograph by recounted.
Alec Soth, Mother and Daughter, Davenport, Iowa, 2002
Minneapolis-based according to the photographer, aspires to be registered nurse.
Carrie Mae Weems, Untitled (Woman and daughter with makeup) (from Kitchen Table Series), 1990
artist’s words, “the battle around the family...monogamy...and between the sexes.” Staged within a sparse, dimly lit interior, the series counters public stereotypes by showing the complex
Demie Kim is an Editorial Associate at Artsy.