Sally Mann (1992-09-24)

Sally Mann
Practice: Photography
Date of Lecture: 1992-09-24

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Sally Mann lives in Lexington, Virginia, with her husband and three children, whom she continues to photograph as part of an ongoing project. She earned an MA in Creative Writing from Hollins College and her photographic work is largely shaped by a self-taught creative vision.

She is best known for her unflinching examinations of youthful identity and family life. In 1988, Aperture published At Twelve, Portraits of Young Women in which Mann captured her subjects’ burgeoning sense of adolescent self-awareness with unprecedented directness and honesty.

Her Aperture book, Immediate Family (1992) revealed the multifaceted aspects of her own family life without idealizing or sentimentalizing the daily experiences of her household. Her 1994 publication, Sally Mann: Still Time, is a comprehensive survey of the artist’s work spanning the twenty-year period from 1971-1991. It features Mann’s diverse forays into color and abstract photography as well as her landscape photographs. The 1997 publication, Mother Land: Recent Landscapes of Georgia and Virginia showcases Mann’s continued explorations of the evocative topography of the American South. Mann is the recipient of countless awards, including the Friends of Photography “Photographer of the Year” Award (1995) three National Endowment for the Arts Individual Artist Fellowships (1992, 1988, and 1982) and a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship (1987).

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