Kinfolk Issue Seventeen


Introducing the Family Issue

The autumn edition of Kinfolk explores the relationships we have with our nearest and dearest, in all of their iterations. We ask some big questions: How is photography changing the way we construct our family narratives? Should we feel guilty about speaking to our barista more than our sister? And did our parents actually have any idea what they were doing?

Our concept of family is deeply personal and forever evolving. No matter what kind of family we come from or the type of family we want to create ourselves, there’s no longer a universal concept of “normal.” There’s no ubiquitous manual to consult, rules to follow or boxes to check.

Well, maybe just a few: love, understanding, empathy and support. And perhaps a little patience.


160 pages, offset-printed and perfect bound, full color on uncoated paper. Printed in Canada.

Publication date: September 2nd, 2015


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Issue Seventeen Stories


The Families We Choose

There isn't a perfect family. Regardless of what kind of family you were born into, you can keep adding characters to your clan, devoid of relation.


The Social Network

Mailmen, baristas and the girl next door: These folks can go from strangers to friends in an afternoon and give you the support system you need.


Making Believe

In celebration of the make-believe stories we once believed, this photo essay is a tribute to the fibs and fables that taught us how to wonder.


Lean on Me

Respect, admiration and trust are qualities that we look for in compatriots. The spark arising when two people bond can be unexpected and exciting.


Are We There Yet?

Road trips are all about freedom, adventure and new perspectives, with a bit of nostalgia and fried food thrown in.


The Creative Impulse

Is creativity something we're born with or something we learn from our environment? We speak to researcher Mei Tan to learn what position science has.


A State of Solitude

Just because you shared space as a kid doesn’t mean you must give up individuality as an adult: Carving time out for you can strengthen family ties.


The Blood Menu

When we think of blood relatives, we consider comfort food, handed-down recipes and sharing meals with our families.


Neighborhood: Playgrounds

A playground is a cross-generational neighborhood essential where toddlers learn about balance, teenagers awkwardly coexist and old folks play chess.


Twin Set

Swedish photographer Maja Daniels has spent a great deal of time with Parisian twins Monette and Mady, documenting their everyday lives.