Sally Mann

1951 · United States

Artist biography

Sally Mann is a female American photographer whose works reflect with a rare emotional charge the universality of life. Her family black and white portraits and the documentation of the American South made Sally Mann to be recognized for over forty years as a figure of contemporary photography. Born, Sally Turner Munger on May 1, 1951 in Lexington, Virginia, she graduated from a BA and a MA from Hollins College in Virginia. Mann started her career as an architectural photographer for Washington and Lee University before starting to produced her series of portraits and landscapes photographs in the 1970s. Sally Mann’s photographs are taken with a large-format camera which capture fine details and produced haunting beauty images. Sally Mann has a great interest in early photographic process that she revisit to make the images appear antique such as in Damage child. Mann’s use the photographic medium as a diary where reflections close to philosophy, introspection and all ordinary emotions are mixed. The mystic atmosphere in her photographs rely on a deep love for her native land and a good knowledge of her complex historical heritage. Sally Mann aim to ask strong and provocative questions, about history, identity, race and religion. Mann’s photographic corpus is regarded as unconventional with her nudes and the contemplation of death such as the series Body Farm, (2000-2001) and Proud Flesh (2003-2009). Sally Mann work is present in major museums collections including The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Art Institute of Chicago, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Mann currently lives and works in Lexington, Virginia.

Sally Mann

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