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© Sally Mann, 2014

Sally Mann first achieved recognition for her work towards the end of the 1980s when photographs she had taken of her family, especially of her three children, began to attract attention. She created several series full of intimacy and sensuality featuring moving images of a childhood very much attached to nature, like the artist experienced her in own childhood. Later, she turned her attention to pure landscape photography, producing equally extensive series. These images reveal the artist’s deep love for her native land, the American South, a sparsely populated, rural area with lush vegetation. It is the atmospheric impact that makes her images so outstanding. They radiate a lyric and nostalgic mood, expressing a strong sense of the beauty and the history of this land. Time seems to stand still in Sally Mann’s landscapes. This impression is enhanced by her obvious attention to craftsmanship. She uses a hundred-year-old large-format camera and prefers early, complex techniques, a sort of tribute to the pioneers of landscape photography. Distortions, overexposures or scratching created intentionally in the dark room emphasize the dreamlike atmosphere in her photographs.
Sally Mann was born in 1951 in Lexington, Virginia, where she still lives and works. Her work has been internationally exhibited and is represented in numerous museum collections such as the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum in New York and the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Sally Mann has also been the recipient of several important awards including the Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship.

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