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I spent the afternoon …

… perusing (yes, look that word up – it's probably not what you think it means, certainly not what I thought it meant) the Museum of Modern Art's book, “The Family of Man“.

The book is the collection of 503 photographs from 68 countries that comprised the January 1955 exhibition of the same name. The 503 photographs were selected from over two million photos.

The exhibition was curated by Edward Steichen and heralded as “the most successful and inspiring exhibition of photography ever assembled.

Here are my thoughts after reading this book.

I'm beginning to believe that all you need for a successful photography exhibition is a collection of photos endorsed by a recognized authority or a well known photographer.

And, with respect to the images in the exhibition itself, I would hate to see the two million photos that were rejected.