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Sally Mann: Immediate Family
Afterword by Reynolds Price.
First published in 1992, Immediate Family has been lauded by critics as one of the great photography books of our time, and among the most influential. Taken against the Arcadian backdrop of her woodland summer home in Virginia, Sally Mann's intimate photographs of her children reveal truths that embody the individuality of her own family yet ultimately take on a universal quality. With sublime dignity, acute wit and feral grace, Sally Mann's pictures explore the eternal struggle between the child's simultaneous dependence and quest for autonomy.
This reissue of Immediate Family has been printed using new scans and separations from Mann's original prints, which were taken with an 8-by-10-inch view camera, rendering them with a freshness and sumptuousness true to the original edition.
Sally Mann was born in Lexington, Virginia, in 1951. Her work has been exhibited around the world and is held by such institutions as The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art and Whitney Museum of American Art, all in New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography. She has received numerous honors, including a doctorate from the Corcoran College of Art and Design, Washington, D.C., and a Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowship.
Featured image is reproduced from Sally Mann: Immediate Family.
FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 7/12/2015
In Aperture's new reissue of Sally Mann's quintessential collection of family photographs, Reynolds Price concludes his essay, "these loving, fearful, trustworthy and profound pictures explore the nature of family love, maternal love and child response; and they do so from new yet ancient grounds. Their steady witness and abundant findings may well last us a long while to come. They could lead more people than Mann's own family to a vital and often long-postponed encounter with the primal news of home and departure, the flight itself we all must make—encounters that may well be productive of healing and mercy in ways that few but the greatest pictures manage. I can wish that my own, and many more lives, had been watched and honored from the absolute start by fearless, honest and fervently tender eyes like those, on guard and patiently standing watch, in all these pages." Sorry Game (1989) is reproduced from Sally Mann: Immediate Family. continue to blog
FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 7/10/2015
In the April 16 issue of the New York Times Magazine, photographer Sally Mann contributed an autobiographical piece adapted from her new memoir. It begins, "In September 1992, I published my third book of photographs, Immediate Family. The book contained 60 photographs from a decade-long series of more than 200 pictures of my children, Emmett, Jessie and Virginia, who were about 6, 4 and 1 when I started the project. The photographs show them going about their lives, sometimes without clothing, on our farm tucked into the Virginia hills. For miles in all directions, there was not a breathing soul. When we were on the farm, we were isolated, not just by geography but by the primitive living conditions: no electricity, no running water and, of course, no computer, no phone. Out of a conviction that my lens should remain open to the full scope of their childhood, and with the willing, creative participation of everyone involved, I photographed their triumphs, confusion, harmony and isolation, as well as the hardships that tend to befall children — bruises, vomit, bloody noses, wet beds — all of it." The Hot Dog (1989) is reproduced from Immediate Family, newly reissued by Aperture. continue to blog
FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 7/11/2015
There may be no more evocative collection of languid, summertime family photographs than Sally Mann's Immediate Family, reissued this month from Aperture. Featuring new scans and separations from Mann's original prints, which were taken with an 8-by-10-inch view camera, this volume imbues Mann's controversial, now-legendary and beloved photographs with a freshness and sumptuousness true to the original edition. Featured image is "Crabbing at Pawley's" (1989). continue to blog