Sally Mann: Proud Flesh

Photographs by Sally Mann. Contributions by C D Wright.


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Children, landscape, lovers-these subjects are almost as common to the photographic lexicon as light itself. But Sally Mann's take on these iconic themes, rendered through both traditional and esoteric processes, is anything but common. Astonishingly original both in imagery and technique, Mann's work consistently challenges the viewer: in her hands, experiences drawn from daily life are rendered both disquieting and sublime. Now, having studied relationships between parent and child, artist and subject, life and death, Mann investigates the bonds between husband and wife. Exquisitely detailed, intimate, psychologically and emotionally intense, "Sally Mann: " "Proud Flesh" engages territory most often inhabited by male artists portraying their wives and female lovers, as Mann turns the camera to her husband of 39 years, Larry. Beautiful, textured and provocative, these unprecedented nude studies neither objectify nor celebrate; rather, they go far under the skin to suggest a relationship between man and woman that is profoundly trusting: sensual, sexual, sometimes painful, often indescribably tender and always unblinkingly honest.

Format: Hardback
Number of pages: 64
Publication date: 2009-10-01
Measurements: 11.9 x 14.2 x 0.5 inches
ISBN: 9781597111355

Photographs by Sally Mann. Contributions by C D Wright.

Sally Mann, born in Lexington, Virginia, is one of America s most renowned photographers. She has received numerous awards, including NEA, NEH, and Guggenheim Foundation grants, and her work is held by major institutions internationally. Her many books include “What Remains”, “Deep South”, and the Aperture titles “At Twelve”, “Immediate Family”, “Still Time”, “Proud Flesh”, and “The Flesh and the Spirit”. A feature film about What Remains debuted to critical acclaim in 2006. Mann is represented by Gagosian Gallery, New York. She lives in Virginia.
C.D. Wright has published a dozen books of poetry and prose, including the recent volumes “One Big Self: An Investigation” and “Rising, Falling, Hovering,” which received the Griffin Poetry Award. A MacArthur Fellow, Wright teaches at Brown University and lives outside Providence, Rhode Island.