Stranger than Family by Matthew Avignone

Issue 33

For many, when hearing the word “family” brings other words to mind; mom, dad, brothers, sisters, love and birth. But what if you were flown into your mother and father’s arms not by a stork but by a Boeing 747. My siblings and I were all adopted across the pacific from the countries India and South Korea, we came from foster mothers and lonely orphanages to parents and a little home in Illinois, some of us healthy and some with life-inhibiting special needs ranging from neurofibromatosis to spina bifida. As a son I am interested in documenting our lives from the significant, such as a first birth, to the banality of my brother after his shower. For at one time we might have all been strangers, but with time, love and perseverance we are fortunate to call ourselves a family as one.

Matthew Avignone lives and works in Chicago, IL
To view more of Matthew's work, please visit his website

  Dad and the Boys (2010) 

Dad and the Boys (2010) 

  Kentucky-Taco-Hut (2010) and Before Steak and Shake (2010)  

Kentucky-Taco-Hut (2010) and Before Steak and Shake (2010)  

  Easter Kiting (2010) 

Easter Kiting (2010) 

  Garage Screen Door (2011)  

Garage Screen Door (2011)  

  Untitled, Eric (2010) 

Untitled, Eric (2010) 

  Jami In Her Bedroom (2010) 

Jami In Her Bedroom (2010) 

  Eric and Nick’s Bedroom Window (2010) and Halo Reach (2010)  

Eric and Nick’s Bedroom Window (2010) and Halo Reach (2010)  

  Nick Supporting My Ladder (2010) 

Nick Supporting My Ladder (2010) 

  Untitled, Dad (2010) 

Untitled, Dad (2010) 

  After Haircut (2011) 

After Haircut (2011) 

  Mother to Daughter (2010) and Poo Check (2010) 

Mother to Daughter (2010) and Poo Check (2010) 

  On Her Way to Dustin’s (2010) 

On Her Way to Dustin’s (2010) 

  Family Get-together, Raindrops (2010) 

Family Get-together, Raindrops (2010) 

  Aldi, $80.72 (2010) 

Aldi, $80.72 (2010) 

  Hanging Around the Pool (2010) 

Hanging Around the Pool (2010) 

  Wiffle Ball (2010) and After a Fight (2010) 

Wiffle Ball (2010) and After a Fight (2010) 

  Untitled, Mom (2010)

Untitled, Mom (2010)

  7 Weeks Pregnant (2010) 

7 Weeks Pregnant (2010) 

  Nick’s Idea, Halloween (2010) 

Nick’s Idea, Halloween (2010) 

  Eric, Halloween (2010)  

Eric, Halloween (2010)  

  Untitled, Alicia (2010)  

Untitled, Alicia (2010)  

  Nick After Shower (2010)  

Nick After Shower (2010)  

  Jami in Her Bedroom, 8 Months (2011) 

Jami in Her Bedroom, 8 Months (2011) 

  Backyard (2011) 

Backyard (2011)