Sally Mann: Immediate Family
Photographs by Sally Mann. Text by Sally Mann. Afterword by Reynolds Price.
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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 extraordinary, 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—the holding on and the breaking away. This is the stuff of which Greek dramas are made: impatience, terror, self-discovery, self-doubt, pain, vulnerability, role-playing and a sense of immortality, all of which converge in these astonishing photographs. This reissue of Immediate Family has been printed using new scans and separations from Mann’s original prints, which were taken with an 8 x 10-inch view camera, rendering them with a freshness and sumptuousness true to the original edition.
Number of pages: 88
Publication date: 06-30-2014
Measurements: 11.4 x 9.8 x 0.7 inches
the book that catapulted her career into the realm of critically lauded and publicly debated celebrity –Rebecca Bengal, vogue.com
[Mann’s photographs] suggest that the camera is adept at depicting the desires of the subconscious as it is in rendering the shapes of everyday life. –Andy Grundberg, The New York Times
Probably no photographer in history has enjoyed such a burst of success in the art world. –The New York Times, 1992
The fears and sheltering tenderness that any parent has felt for his or her child were realized with an eidetic clarity –The New York Times, 1992
Photographs seem to represent, for Mann, a counter-reality, an opposition to what is and what was. –The Atlantic
They were simply among the most beautiful photographs I had ever seen. –Sebastian Smee, The Boston Globe
Sally Mann continues to probe the intimate life of her family and come up with startling, disquieting revelations. Mann’s extraordinary picture of her nude daughter suspended like a shimmering white fish on a porch with unconcerned adults resonates in your mind like a dream. –Vince Aletti, Village Voice
Sally Mann is one of America’s most renowned photographers. Her work has been exhibited around the world and is held by such institutions as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 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.
Reynolds Price was the author of numerous books, including A Long and Happy Life (1962), volumes of short stories, poems, plays, essays, and memoirs. He was the James B. Duke Professor of English at Duke University.