About This Image
Illustrated on the cover of Heyman's book, The World's Family (1983). A vintage non-editioned silver print.
Born in New York City in 1930, Ken Heyman first became interested in photography in high school. Later, during his student days at Columbia College, which were interrupted by a two-year stint in the army, his skill as a photographer grew, but he still regarded photography as no more than a hobby. Then two events in college helped to direct him toward his career in photography. First, he sent off selections of his work to two national photography annuals and both printed his pictures.
But perhaps more important was his becoming a student of the distinguished anthropologist Margaret Mead. To fulfill a term paper requirement in one of her courses, Heyman submitted a photographic essay that interested the famous professor. Out of this began a friendship and collaboration that continued for more than 20 years.
Their first collaboration began shortly after his graduation from Columbia in 1956, when she invited him to go with her to take pictures in Bali. Other field trips followed: some with Mead and others where he went alone. Since then, Heyman has photographed in more than 60 countries. These photographs have appeared in major exhibits and in two books co-authored with Margaret Mead: Family (1965) and World Enough (1976).
Ken Heyman has done photographic assignments for many magazines, including Life. He has worked for the U.S. Information Agency, photographing Alliance for Progress projects in Latin America, and for several photographic agencies, including Rapho and Magnum.
Shows of Heyman's work have been held at the Museum of Modern Art (1963), the Hallmark Gallery (1965), the International Center for Photography in New York City (1976), the Zabriskie Gallery in Paris (1995), and the Albright-Knox Gallery (2007).
Heyman's work has brought him a number of awards including "The World Understanding" award, considered to be one of the top awards in photography. It is given "to honor the photographer whose work has contributed most to a better understanding among the world's people."
Heyman has done many books in addition to Family and World Enough. His recent works includes 22 books for children written by Ann Morris. The multicultural perspective in these acclaimed books reflects Heyman's varied experience and his ability to sensitively interpret the human condition.
His works are held in collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art.
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Medium Silver print
Mount on original mount
Photo Date 1960s Print Date 1960s
Dimensions 15-7/8 x 19-1/2 in. (403 x 495 mm)
Photo Country Japan
Photographer Country United States (USA)