This Multimedia Series Explores Intergenerational Trauma, Reconciliation, and Redemption

Tiffany Luong’s photography, video and interview series “What We Inherit,” began as an inquiry into her grandparents’ immigration story from China and evolved into a study of intergenerational pain and healing.

One of the first things that stands out in Tiffany Luong’s documentary and commercial work is its ability to show the many layers of human emotion. While her commercial work often takes a joyful view of families in their best light and most candid moments, Luong’s new personal project goes a bit deeper. It’s a means to better understand her complicated relationships with her parents, their difficult history with her grandparents, and lessons towards raising her own children.

“This is a story of redemption,” she tells The Luupe, “for the next generation and a glimpse of the continuing journey toward reconciliation.” We speak with Luong to learn more about the project and the ongoing balance, and her dedication to go deep into the nuances of visual storytelling and human spirit.

How to Make it as a Photo Editor: A Conversation with The New York Times’ Alana Celii

Photographer and New York Times photo editor Alana Celii discusses her expansive career and how editing and sequencing are essential to visualizing a story.

“My dream at seventeen was to work as a photo editor at a lifestyle magazine like Nylon.” Alana Celii gravitated to photography early on – not only through backyard explorations with a 110 Kodak camera, but with an eye towards photo editing. Her studies at Parsons School for Design helped shape how she envisioned telling stories with her own images as well as with other photographers.

More than a decade later, Celii’s CV includes photographing, producing and editing for publications including Time and The Wall Street Journal. In her current role at The New York Times, she advocates commissioning work from emerging photographers for their spark and storytelling voice.

We speak with Celii to learn more about her path as a photographer and producer plus insights into shaping visual culture in a rapidly changing world

Photographing The Stories and Struggles of Maternal Health in The American South

Bethany Mollenkof visualizes the many stories of women working to protect the reproductive health and rights of women in the United States. 

Reproduction rights, childbirth, healthcare and maternal support in the United States are forever contentious, particularly in the American South. And, as politicians continue to debate abortion bans, the health risks associated with having a baby increase.

These issues are at the heart of Luupe photographer Bethany Mollenkof’s series Birthing in Bama and Abortion in Mississippi. Supported by a Women Photograph grant, Birthing in Bama documents Alabama’s renewed midwifery movement through Black home-birth advocates, looking at the experiences and histories of Black women, and how race and class impact treatment and disparities. Abortion in Mississippi, a story she photographed for The New York Times in 2019 asks: “What does abortion access look like in Mississippi, a state with one abortion clinic?”

We speak with Mollenkof about how she uses photography to amplify the women and birth workers pushing to shift these narratives

Unpacking and Photographing the World’s Shared Stories of School Lunch

Lucy Schaeffer’s new book “School Lunch” pairs photos and stories of school lunch from everyday strangers, family, and celebrities. 

School Lunch: Unpacking Our Shared Stories was born with my “mom brain” combined with my “photographer brain,” Lucy Schaeffer writes. In 2016, Schaeffer, agonizing over her own kids lunchboxes while fascinated by the school lunch patterns of previous generations, began a journey to photograph the wide swathe of experiences around preparing and packing lunch.

The New York City-based photographer began interviewing her friends, family, Lyft drivers, celebrity chefs…anyone who would give her some time, about their experiences. She enlisted food stylist Chris Basrsh and prop stylist Martha Bernabe to help her recreate the meals while scouring the internet for vintage props, lunchboxes and other ephemera to match the food and stories.

Four years later, her collection of experiences culminates in a heartwarming and diverse book that the photographer says, “makes me feel a bit better about humanity.”

We speak with Schaeffer to learn more.

11 Fashion Brands Doing Body Positivity Right

These brands bring body positivity to a new level, creating sustainable, inclusive clothing for people of all sizes.

Body positivity is more than a buzzword. It has a range of origins and cultural roots dating back to the fat acceptance movement of the 1960s. Over the past decade, it’s picked up momentum with brands championing similar themes in their own campaigns.

While some brands have been criticized for turning body positivity into performative marketing strategy, there is a major victory in people of all sizes being able to see themselves represented in media through their favorite brands. Still, some companies have worked earnestly to bring the true message of body positivity to their customers.

Let’s look at the brands who are actively reshaping and celebrating people of all sizes.