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Mann's subjects are her small children (a boy, a girl and a new baby), often shot when they're sick or hurt or just naked. Nosebleeds, cuts, hives, chicken pox, swollen eyes, vomiting--the usual trials of childhood--can be alarmingly beautiful, thrillingly sensual moments in Mann's portrait album. Her ambivalence about motherhood--her delight and despair--pushes Mann to delve deeper into the steaming mess of family life than most of us are willing to go. What she comes up with is astonishing. --Vince Aletti, The Village Voice

Terror, self-discovery, doubt, vulnerability, pain, and joy all clash and converge in Mann's powerful photographs. Sally Mann's widely acclaimed Immediate Family, which explores childhood with unparalleled emotional depth, is now available in paperback for the first time.

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Mann's work is quite controversial in circles where nudity and innocence do not overlap. She offers 65 black-and-white photographs of her children doing children's things in and around their rural Virginia home. An exhibition of the collection began a US tour in October 1992. Includes an afterword by writer Reynolds Price. No scholarly paraphernalia. 11.25" deep. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780893815233
  • Publisher: Aperture Foundation
  • Publication date: 6/28/2005
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 78
  • Product dimensions: 11.04 (w) x 9.42 (h) x 0.34 (d)

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  • Posted September 12, 2009

    Inappropriate photographs of young children

    This is not art - is very inappropriate.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2000

    Beautiful Photography And Great Subject Matter

    Though the photos are often appealing and many have great composition and clarity, many are just plain weird, such as a girl with her hair caught in a bush, popsicle stains on a torso, or a child who has wet the bed. Mann defends this in the text by referring to a Japanese philosophy of depicting reality even when beauty is tinged with ugliness, but I'm not convinced. Also, too many of the photos don't have a professional appearance but instead look like family snapshots that are too distant or even blurred. Artistically I don't see what Mann is trying to say in the photos, other than just being a mother documenting her children growing up; there is little underlying philosophy or direction. In fact, when her children had grown, she had no more models, and turned to far less interesting subject matter. Still, I like the book. The description of her upbringing and her father's eccentric sculptures was great. Young nudes are always attractive and a bit different than the run-of-the-mill 18+ nudes in America. Forget the political propaganda terminology about 'pornography' and 'weirdos;' if more Americans could mentally separate nudity from sex they might then be able enjoy books like this instead of wasting their time with picket signs in front of Barnes & Noble stores.

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    Posted July 9, 2009

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