Press Release – US 🇺🇸

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5th June 2019
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Mum’s not the word – Childless Childfree


A groundbreaking photobook about women without children. The nude images challenge the negative attitudes within society towards women who are not mothers, and the text shares their stories of birth and death, choice, freedom, pain ... and regret.

50 colour images show real nude women in the foetal position: they come from all walks of life – professionals, artists: a few have mental health issues or disabilities; some have fragile relationships with their birth mother; a couple identify as other than heterosexual.
Mum’s not the word debates the social stigmatisation of women, who, by choice, circumstance or, for whatever reason, go against the instinct for childbirth and maternal productivity.

Mum’s not the word by Denise Felkin

ISBN: 9781787113701
UPC: 6-36847-01370-7


$25.99(US), $33.99(CAN)

• Nude photographic images representing contemporary issues
• Challenges the motherhood myth, women do not have to be walking wombs
• Female art, women taking control, all-female project with real body shapes and sizes
• It's not simply a case of women not wanting or unable to have children
• Statistics show that an increasing number of women remain childless, currently around 20% in the UK
• No other book visually represents this aspect of motherhood
• Challenges negative stereotypes: women without children are not selfish, half-women, spinsters, crazy cat ladies or barren
• Tackles women's issues about infertility, family planning and birth control.
• Deals with environmental issues and sustainability; offers a solution to global issues of over-population in the modern age
• Award-winning photography: Denise has been a finalist in several major photography awards


Denise Felkin is a British photographer. Her photography migrates between creative portraiture and documentary photography. She is driven by research-led projects, and collaborates with her subjects to create cutting-edge images that speak about current issues, to reveal a truthful voice, and promote unity, equality and compassion.

When Denise was nineteen, she told her mother that she did not want children. Her mother immediately dismissed her admission, and said she would feel differently when she was older; she never did. Now aged fifty, Denise has conceived a book of images of women who do not have children.

Denise was a finalist in the Sony World Photography Awards 2016, National Open Art 2017, and received an Honorable Mention in the Julia Margaret Cameron Award: Women Seen by Women 2018.
Place of birth: Tamworth, Staffordshire • Hometown: Brighton • Nearest city:

E5370 • Hardback • 11.69 x 7.79 in • $25.99 • 112 pages • 50 colour pictures • ISBN: 978-1-787113-70-1 • UPC: 6-36847-01370-7
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