Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs

Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs

by Sally Mann


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A revealing and beautifully written memoir and family history from acclaimed photographer Sally Mann.

In this groundbreaking book, a unique interplay of narrative and image, Mann's preoccupation with family, race, mortality, and the storied landscape of the American South are revealed as almost genetically predetermined, written into her DNA by the family history that precedes her.

Sorting through boxes of family papers and yellowed photographs she finds more than she bargained for: "deceit and scandal, alcohol, domestic abuse, car crashes, bogeymen, clandestine affairs, dearly loved and disputed family land . . . racial complications, vast sums of money made and lost, the return of the prodigal son, and maybe even bloody murder."

In lyrical prose and startlingly revealing photographs, she crafts a totally original form of personal history that has the page-turning drama of a great novel but is firmly rooted in the fertile soil of her own life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316247757
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 04/26/2016
Pages: 496
Sales rank: 89,102
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Sally Mann (born in Lexington, Virginia, 1951) 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 (2003), Deep South (2005), and the Aperture titles At Twelve (1988), Immediate Family (1992), Still Time (1994), Proud Flesh (2009), and The Flesh and the Spirit (2010). A feature film about her work, What Remains, debuted to critical acclaim in 2006. Mann is represented by Gagosian Gallery, New York. She lives in Virginia.

Table of Contents

Prologue: The Meuse ix

Part 1 Family Ties: The Importance of Place

1 The Sight of My Eye 3

2 All the Pretty Horses 9

3 The Bending Arc 17

4 The Family of Mann 43

5 The Remove 63

6 Our Farm-And the Photographs I Took There 87

7 Hold Still 99

8 Ubi Amor, Ibi Oculus Est 131

Part 2 My Mother: Memory of a Memory Past

9 A Sentimental Welshman 169

10 Uncle Skip and the Little Dears 185

11 The Southern Landscape 203

Part 3 Gee-Gee: The Matter of Race

12 The Many Questions 243

13 Hamoo 267

14 Smothers 273

15 The Kid on the Road 277

16 Who Wants to Talk About Slavery? 279

Part 4 My Father: Against the Current of Desire

17 The Munger System 297

18 Leaving Dallas 347

19 Mr. Death and His Blue-Eyed Boy 357

20 World Traveler, Interesting Gent 379

21 The Cradle and the Grave 399

22 Bearing Witness 411

23 The Sublime End 419

24 The X Above My Head 435

Postscript: Exhibit A, Exhibit B 458

Acknowledgments 479

Photo Credits 482

What People are Saying About This

Pat Conroy

Photographer Sally Mann's book Hold Still is one of the great portraits of the American South. Written in her pitch perfect prose style, it is a textbook of illumination and desire for anyone who hears the siren call of art beckoning to them. It's southern to the bone, hell on wheels. Hold Still is a masterpiece. --Pat Conroy, author of The Death of Santini and South of Broad

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Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Other reviewers have stated that it doesn't seem like Mrs. Mann is a writer. That should be obvious. She's a photographer, who also writes. Secondly, the genealogy information is the thesis of the book: what makes her the artist that she is? Who did she come from? What path led her to the work she creates? If you already like Mrs. Mann's work, you'll appreciate the story behind it. It is not a photobook, in that it's not about one series of images or a discussion of any small sample of her work. It's about her, her family, and how the work grows out of that. In that regard, it is very interesting and engaging. Just like her photographs. If you don't like the photography of Sally Mann, you might be at a loss for reading this book. I would highly recommend becoming acquainted with her work, even in some small regard, to have a better understanding of what the story is saying.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's easy to tell this 'author' is not actually a writer. The organization of this book was poorly decided, and there is far more information about Sally Mann's geneology than we need. There were only a few interesting tidbits hidden in this massive book. If you're looking for an interesting memoir, don't buy this book.
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((Here okay?))