Sally Mann: family matters

Photographing forests and faces - and the final stages of life
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Sally Mann, Scarred Tree (1996), from the series Deep South

1 / 6 Sally Mann, Scarred Tree (1996), from the series Deep South

Sally Mann, Candy Cigarette (1989), from the series Immediate Family

2 / 6 Sally Mann, Candy Cigarette (1989), from the series Immediate Family

Sally Mann, Emmett, Jessie and Virginia (1989), from the series Immediate Family

3 / 6 Sally Mann, Emmett, Jessie and Virginia (1989), from the series Immediate Family

Sally Mann, At Warm Springs (1991), from the series Immediate Family

4 / 6 Sally Mann, At Warm Springs (1991), from the series Immediate Family

Sally Mann, Untitled WR Pa 59 (2001), from the series What Remains

5 / 6 Sally Mann, Untitled WR Pa 59 (2001), from the series What Remains

Sally Mann, Jessie #10 (2004), from the series Faces

6 / 6 Sally Mann, Jessie #10 (2004), from the series Faces


Sally Mann: The Family and the Land is the title of Mann's exhibition at The Photographers' Gallery, London (until September 2010).  The show combines work from the key series which map this American photographer’s long photographic career: Immediate Family, Motherland: Virginia, Deep South, Faces and What Remains. From the unguarded depictions of her young children with which she first came to prominence, to explorations of the landscape around her home, to the shocking yet beautiful studies of the decay of the human body, together they reflect Mann’s artistic impulse to draw on the world around her as subject matter.

This is the first solo show of Mann’s work in the UK. To coincide with the exhibition the artist will be giving a talk on her work at the National Portrait Gallery on 18 June at 7pm.


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