“Like going to war.” This is how one of the wrestlers in photographer Ken Hermann and art director Gem Fletcher‘s project Bökh, describes Mongolian wrestling. Shot in the grasslands of Inner Mongolia, the resulting portraits and short film pay respect to this ancient tradition. It’s a tradition that is still very much alive in the nomadic communities that account for 30% of the country’s population.
Over the last eight years, Alice Yoo and I have had the privilege of both curating and writing about touching stories of ordinary people performing extraordinary acts in the name of love. From parents to children, husbands to wives and pet owners to pets, we’ve come across profound stories that were both visually stunning and deeply meaningful. We’re excited to announce that we’ve now compiled our top 25 photo stories for a new book, which has been published by Chronicle Books! We’re thrilled to announce that it’s being released worldwide today at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Indie Bound.From Batkid saving the city of San Francisco to a husband that wore a pink tutu all over the country to bring a smile to his cancer-stricken wife, these heartwarming photographs will make you laugh, cry, and believe in the power of love. Below is just an example of some of the stories you’ll see in the book. Within its pages, you’ll find personal essays where we’ve added in original quotes from all of our photographers. If you’re a fan of My Modern Met, and all the amazing photo stories we’ve featured over the years, you’ll definitely want to buy this book for yourself, your family and friends.
Special thanks to all the photographers involved, and our incredible team of editors and writers for helping us make this happen.
Up-Themed Anniversary Shoot Celebrates 61 Years of Marriage
Make-A-Wish Foundation’s Batkid Saves San Francisco
Remarkable Daughter Treats Animals Like Siblings
Husband Wears Pink Tutu to Support His Cancer-Stricken Wife
Adorable Story of A Baby and a Rescue Pup
“Dedicated to ordinary people who do extraordinary things. Your courageous acts of love make this world a better place.” – Alice Yoo and Eugene Kim