SALLY MANN ( born Lexington, Virginia,1951)has always remained close to her roots. She has photographed in the
American South since the 1970s, producing series on portraiture, architecture,
landscape and still life.
She is perhaps best known for her evocative and resonant landscape work in the American South and for her intimate portraits of her family, her young children and her
husband. Her work has attracted controversy at times, but it has always been influential, and since her the time of her first solo exhibition, she has attracted a wide audience.
Sally Mann explored various genres as she was maturing in the 1970s
, but she truly found her métier with her second publication, a study of girlhood entitled
At Twelve: Portraits of Young Women(Aperture,1988). Between 1984 and 1994, she worked on the series, Immediate Family (Aperture,1992), which focuses on her three children, who were then all aged under twelve. While the series touches on ordinary moments in their daily lives –playing, sleeping, and eating – it also speaks to larger themes such as death and cultural perceptions of sexuality.
In her most recent series,Proud Flesh,(Aperture, 2009) taken over a six – year interval, Mann turns the camera onto her husband, Larry, who is suffering from late – on set Muscular Dystrophy.The results of this rare reversal of photographic roles are candid, extraordinarily wrenching and touchingly frank portraits of a ma n at his most vulnerable moment.
While Mann has experimented with color photography, she has remained most
interested in black and white, especially photography’s antique technology. She has
long used an 8×10 bellows camera, and has explored platinum and bromoil printing
processes. In the mid 1990s she began using the wet plate collodion.
Sally Mann lives and works in Lexington, Virginia.
Mann was named “America’s Best Photographer” by Time magazine in 2001.
In May 2011, she served as prestigious speaker at Harvard University.
She has been the subject of major exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, and the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C and the Virginia Museum of Art, Richmond,VA. Her photographs can be found in many public and private collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Museum of Modern Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.
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