Thursday, July 1, 2010

Regarding the Work of Sally Mann

Sally Mann is a contemporary American Photographer. Mann is widely known for her 1992 book, “Immediate Family”. Here, she documented the timeline of human growth and conditions through large format, black and white photographs of her, sometimes, nude children. The piece was both critically acclaimed and denunciated. Her use of large format film to depict intense details in her subjects began early on in her career as a high school student at the Putney School in Vermont. Born in Lexington, Virginia in 1951, Mann was the youngest of three children and the only girl. Her father introduced her to photography. As a teen he handed down to her a 5x7 camera, which, she used to take a nude black and white portrait of a classmate during her days at Putney. This style would foreshadow the majority of her career.