Can humanity be captured in a series of photographs? Yuliana Candra sure knows how.
The American artist, writer and photographer spent 17 years of her life as a stateless asylee, and taking pictures became her coping mechanism. In fact, it was when she travelled and found herself in new and unknown surroundings that she felt closest to home.
She encountered humans in all settings of life, whilst leaving her footprints in more than 500 cities across the globe. This passion for observing life has resulted in this book; capturing many aspects of familiar emotions and human experiences that everyone can relate to.
I was lucky to meet Yuliana whilst she was in Denmark to promote the book in Scandinavia. There is just something about these black and white photos that grabs your attention. They’re honest glimpses of humanity, simply put.
In her book, Yuliana writes:
This visual narrative is a journalistic parallel to my own life, and it is intended to be a charted reflection of the unpredictable circumnavigation of life. I hope this book will prompt readers to take a moment to pause in retrospect. After all, our existence is simply an accolade to joie de vivre.
This is the first book in trilogy photo documentary series, and all profits go to charities fighting trafficking: A harsh reality spread across the world representing an estimated $32 billion market.
In Scandinavia, the book is picked up by the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo, as well as Arnold Busck book store in central Copenhagen and the Louisiana Museum, both in Denmark.
Check out the crowdfunding page and see how you could help spread this book.
Yuliana is a truly inspiring woman, and her own background adds to this book being an original and meaningful piece. Have a look at the book webpage here: www.lifebyyulianacandra.com