One man’s photographic journey through the human condition helps us to see ourselves and our world in a whole new way. Over the last twenty years, photographer Bill Voxman has traveled the world with his wife, Joanne, documenting the human condition from Bhutan to Peru, Armenia to Italy. Through his stunning black-and-white images, Voxman has set out to “bring to light such diverse universal aspects of the human condition as joy, contemplation, alienation, socialization, bravery, and desperation-features that transcend geographic boundaries.” The results of Voxman’s worldwide journey are found in this poetic collection, The Human Condition. “I hope that the images in this book will contribute to a greater understanding of and pleasure in the shared humanity that unites us,” the photographer writes. Intimate and moving, The Human Condition reminds us that we each have an important part to play in the drama we call “humanity.”
When Bill Voxman retired from his mathematics faculty position at the University of Idaho in 2010, he began to pursue his passion for photography and travel on a full-time basis. Fluent in five languages, he has spent time in countries such as Ecuador, Cuba, Ukraine, and New Zealand, engaging directly with people of widely diverse ideas, life experiences, and living situations. He works only in “traditional” black and white, processing all of his film himself in his darkroom and studio back home in Idaho.