MILK: friendship, family, love & laughter

| 19 December , 2009 | Reply

Laugh as much as you breathe and love as long as you live.’

Inspired by the 1950s landmark photographic exhibition ‘The Family of Man’, M.I.L.K. began as an epic global search to develop a collection of extraordinary and geographically diverse images portraying humanity’s ‘Moments of Intimacy, Laughter and Kinship‘ (M.I.L.K.).

The search took the form of a global photographic competition in 1999. Ten years after the original M.I.L.K. competition comes a brand new collection – FRIENDSHIP, FAMILY, LOVE & LAUGHTER. One hundred and fifty extraordinary images from around the world, chosen by Elliott Erwitt, continue to celebrate our moments of intimacy, laughter and kinship.

The images here are effusive, poignant and far-reaching, yet, ultimately, incredibly intimate. Their extraordinary power comes, ironically, from their very ordinariness. They speak a common language punctuated by casual gesture, exquisite tenderness and natural insouciance.

The 150 winning images featured in the book were chosen from over 30,000 entries submitted to the Fresh MILK Competition. Photographers from 110 countries participated in the competition. A truly global project.

Fresh M.I.L.K not only continues, but expands the experience that was M.I.L.K and who isn’t inspired by beautiful pictures and poignant quotes to appreciate the simplicity of joy and happiness can bring to our lives? This book is a must have for the coffee table.

Ultimately, through the course of any life, it is love that survives, nurtures and endures.

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.

The life and love we create is the life and love we live.

A faithful friend is the medicine of life.

Available now: Hachette RRP$60.00

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Image Credits: 6006 © Tommy Wøldike;  6015 © Karin Lindén; 6063 © Ana Yturralde; 6066 © Lindsey Thompson; 6131 © Caroline Hayeur

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