Dads.

Photographs by Bart Heynen.
powerHouse Books, New York, 2021. 152 pp., 11¼x9½".



Publisher's Description

Dads is a journey into gay fatherhood in the United States. More than 40 families are portrayed by the Belgian photographer Bart Heynen. A very diverse group of dads who have one thing in common; they are gay and they have children.

Ever since 2015, when same-sex marriage became legal in across the U.S., we've witnessed a baby boom in the gay community. From New York City to Utah all these fathers are at the very beginning of a new era for gay men. Through adoption or the help of surrogates and egg donors they are able to make their dream come true and start a family of their own.

Beautifully printed and bound in Italy by famed Editoriale Bortolazzi Stei (EBS) to reproduce Heynen's portraits with the utmost quailty, Dads sheds a light on the daily lives of these families. The constant tension between how these families are unique and similar to straight families, makes this book a true page turner.

As the babies grow into adults and the fathers grow older throughout the book, we are reminded that families come in many different sizes, colors and shapes. To say it in the words of Harvey Fierstein: 'Love, commitment, and family are not heterosexual experiences, not heterosexual words, they are human words and they belong to all people.'

'A stunning portrait of dads with their babies...The looks and gazes on the faces of both the babies and dads is spot on - a mixture, of curiosity and pride.' -Martin Parr


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