Monday, May 23, 2011

sally mann


Described by Time magazine in 2001 as "America's best photographer", she is nothing if not adventurous, ranging widely in subject matter and technique, but to most people she is known, if at all, for just one thing: "Oh, she's the one who photographed her children naked."

She always knew she would be an artist of some kind, and after marrying in her teens, getting a good degree and studying creative writing, she settled on photography, which she'd taken up while at school. The assignments were far from glamorous – "The manager of Pizza Hut shaking hands with a prize college athlete: I did that sort of thing for 10 years" – but she scraped a living from them and nurtured more experimental work on the side. Then came an exhibition, a book called Second Sight, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundationand National Endowment for the Arts. While raising her three children in the 1980s, she worked to the principle that art is about the ordinary and lies right under our noses. Her reputation was steadily growing, but New York seemed a long way away ("It didn't help my career to be living in Appalachia") and she remained comparatively unknown until Immediate Family became a publishing sensation in 1992.
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