While photographs of poignant Southern landscapes and historic architecture earned Sally Mann initial accolades, it was her portraits of girls captured in the ephemeral moment between childhood innocence and womanly sophistication that solidified her reputation as provocateur. “Family Pictures” (1984-1991) emerged out of intimate, black-and-white photographs of her own young children, often nude, going about their daily lives—eating, sleeping, and playing. - artsy.net
Mann’s more recent works include photographs of landscapes in the Deep South, which incorporate 19th century methods of developing photographs, and use damaged cameras and lenses, giving her work a scratched, unfinished look that continually references the photographic process. Mann has been awarded a Guggenheim fellowship and three National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, and has published several books of her photography. - artnet.com
Mann’s works are displayed in permanent collections of the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Whitney Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston), Hishhorn Museum in Sculpture Garden and many others.Mann was named America’s Best Photographer by Time magazine in 2001. Her photos have been featured on The New York Times Magazine cover twice in 1992 and in 2001. - famousphotographers.net
Sally Mann (born 1951) is an American photographer, best known for her large black-and-white photographs—at first of her young children, then later of landscapes suggesting decay and death.Born in Lexington, Virginia, Mann was the third of three children and the only daughter. Her father, Robert S. Munger, was a general practitioner, and her mother, Elizabeth Evans Munger, ran the bookstore at Washington and Lee University in Lexington. Mann was raised by an atheist and compassionate father who allowed Mann to be "benignly neglected." Mann was introduced to photography by her father, Robert Munger. Munger was a physician who photographed Mann nude as a little girl.
What is truth in photography? It can be told in a hundred different ways. Every thirtieth of a second when the shutter snaps, its capturing a different piece of information.
When the good pictures come, we hope they tell truths, but truths “told slant,” just as Emily Dickinson commanded.
Unless you photograph what you love, you are not going to make good art.
One of the things my career as an artist might say to young artists is: The things that are close to you are the things you can photograph the best. And unless you photograph what you love, you are not going to make good art.
I just started taking pictures, and it was - it was an instant love affair. It was just ecstatic.
I couldn't be Susan Sontag. I'm not very good with abstract thought. I always just take to the emotional core of me.
Each time you take a good picture, you have the wonderful feeling of exhilaration... and almost instantly, the flip side. You have this terrible, terrible anxiety that you've just taken your last good picture.
I have had a fascination with death, I think, that might be considered genetic for a long time. My father had the same affliction, I guess.
I was just taking pictures to see what they looked like. Just for the fun of it. It wasn't about anything in some cases. Some of them were just about the joy of opening up an aperture and seeing what shows up.