Her father was a doctor while her mother worked in a Washington and Lee University bookstore. She continued with formal coursework in photography at the Putney Boarding School in Vermont. She showed some of her student photographs at Putney before she graduated in
Sally Mann HonFRPS born May 1, is an American photographerwidely known for her large-format, black-and-white photographs—at first of her young children, then later of landscapes suggesting decay and death. Born in Lexington, VirginiaMann was the third of three children. Her father, Robert S.
In the fall ofa traveling exhibit opened at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia. The images, taken from to detailed the complex childhoods of her three children; Emmet, Jessie and the youngest, Virginia. At the time of the first gallery opening, Mann was unaware of the media attention she would attract, and the controversy that her work would stir up.
Though only 65, Mann has accomplished a great deal throughout her life, including a handful of critically acclaimed published books followed by many extraordinary exhibitions. Sally Mann was born and raised in Lexington, Virginia where she was introduced to photography when her father photographed her nude as a young girl. Mann started photographing when she attended Putney school where she graduated in Mann married her artist turned lawyer husband, Larry Mann, in
Her three kids, Emmett, 12, Jessie, 10, and Virginia, 7, ran around the space, delighting the gallery goers. Mann had spent years making a living as a local photographer in Lexington, Virginia, outside the art centres like New York. But her art of extraordinary depictions of everyday life would soon gain national attention with the publication of her book, Immediate Familyand later spark the outrage of preachers, politicians and pundits.
Sally Mann admits to being a little exasperated. It's exasperating in several ways: because the photographs in question — published in the book Immediate Familyin — made her famous for the wrong reasons; because critics exaggerated the intimacy of the photos at the expense of their artfulness; and because the American religious right accused her of pornography when her camera was capturing beauty and transience. There was no internet in those days.
Contemporary ArtContemporary RealismPhotography. Deep South, Untitled Woven Branches Emmett and the White Boy
This cover story appeared in the magazine on Sept. While her mother and father conversed with friends and admirers, Jessie orbited the four rooms in her red dress, fielding questions from strangers eager to know more about her parents. Beneath a portrait of himself in the water, Emmett shrugged off the stares and expressed a typical teen-age frame of mind. All three seemed unconcerned by the fact that on the surrounding white walls they could be examined, up close, totally nude.
Her work has attracted controversy at times, but it has always been influential, and since her the time of her first solo exhibition, at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D. Sally Mann explored various genres as she was maturing in the s: she produced landscapes and architectural photography, and she blended still life with elements of portraiture. But she truly found her metier with her second publication, a study of girlhood entitled At Twelve: Portraits of Young Women
Mann was introduced to photography by her father, Robert Munger, a physician who photographed her nude as a girl. Inas a teenager, she took up photography in Vermont at the Putney School and then spent two years at Bennington Collegewhere she studied with photographer Norman Sieff and met and proposed to the man who became her husband, Larry Mann. That series was showcased in her book, At Twelve.