Immediate Familyby Sally Mann, Reynolds Price (Contribution by)
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.
[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
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- 1st Edition
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- 11.34(w) x 9.92(h) x 0.57(d)
Meet the Author
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.
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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.
This is not art - is very inappropriate.