Who's afraid of Sally Mann? (The look underneath)Presentation Transcript
WHO’S AFRAID OF SALLY MANN?
Sally Mann I’m a littlelike Flaubert, whowhenlookedat a young girl saw theskeletonunderneath. It’snotmorbid, it’sjustthisawareness oftheantitheticalaspectofeverysituation
American photographer Sally Mann wasborn in Lexington, Virginia in 1951, whereshe still livesandworks. In rural Virginia, shegrewup as a “feral” child, she recalls, runningaround outdoors withoutcloths. Sally’sfather, a physicianand civil rightssupporter, gaveher a camerawhenshewas 17.
Mann graduatedfrom The PutneySchool in 1969, andstudied literature in college. Shetookupphotography in Putney. Later, sheattended workshops byAnselAdams and George Tice. Hermainartisticconcerns are time, memory, lossandlove, but time, amongallofthem, isdeterminant.
Mann haswoninnumerousawards, including Guggenheim fellowship. Time magazine namedher “America’s Best Photographer” in 2001. In 2006, shereceived a honoraryDoctorof Fine Artsdegree fromtheCorcoranCollegeofArt + Design.
Mann isperhapsbestknown for her book Immediate Family, published in 1992. Thiscollection, featuringphotographsofherthreechildren, broughtherworkto a wideaudience. LastMann’s series, ProudFlesh(2009), is a graphicelegy toherhusband, whohas muscular dystrophy.
THE LOOK UNDERNEATH
IMMEDIATE FAMILY, 1992 Manyofthesepictures are intimate, some fictionsand some fantastics, butmost are ordinarythingsthatevery motherhasseen[OnImmediate Family]
WHAT REMAINS, 2003 Mostofthepictures I take are ofthethings I love, the thingsthatfascinate me andcompel me, butthatdoesn’t meanthey are easyto look atortake
DEEP SOUTH, 2005 I thinkthis new book willnotbethoughtof as just a book ofpretty picturesdown South. Bournewithintheimages are resonancesofthe Civil War, ofthefactthatthewhole Mississippi delta wasliterally carved out ofjunglebyAfrican-Americans (...). Youcan’tforgetthis heritage[OnDeep South]
PROUD FLESH, 2009 (...) Larry and I beganthisworkofexploringwhat it meanstogrow older, toletthesunshinefallvoluptuouslyon a still-beautifulform, andtospendquietafternoonstogetheragain. No phone, no kids, twofingersofbourbon, thesmelloftheether, thetwoofus— still in love, still atwork[OnProudFlesh]
PHOTOGRAPHS Internet TEXT Sally Mann (Italics) Time (Jul. 09, 2001) & Smithsonian (May 2005) on-line magazines (Edited) SEARCH Wikipedia, jmcolberg.com/weblog, Aug. 19, 2009 MUSIC ERIK SATIE Gymnopédie nº 3 Piano KláraKörmendi LOREENA MCKENNIT Dante’sPrayer
SALLY MANN IS REPRESENTED BY GagosianGalleryof New York OTHER SALLY’S MANN PHOTOGRAPH BOOKS SecondSight, 1984 At Twelve: Portraitsof Young Women, 1988 Still Time, 1994 Mother Land: RecentLandscapesofGeorgiaand Virginia, 1997 PERMANENT COLLECTIONS FEATURING MANN’S WORK The MetropolitanMuseumofArt, New York The MuseumofModernArt (MoMA), New York Whitney Museumof American Art, New York Smithsonian American ArtMuseum,Washington, D. C. Museumof Fine Arts, Boston