Saturday, February 23, 2008

Pictorial :: Sally Mann

These photos may be distressing to some people. While I think they possess an ethereal and fleeting beauty, a beauty that flourishes like a flower planted amongst the rocks, I can understand how they may make some people uncomfortable.

One of the great things about being a student is constantly being exposed to artists of who you were previously unaware. I'm currently writing a paper on the photography of Sally Mann, whose photographs of her own children are loving, sympathetic, distressing and entirely true to the human experience. In her own words, Mann says, We are spinning a story of what it is to grow up. It is a complicated story and sometimes we try to take on the grand themes: anger, love, death, sexuality, and beauty. But we tell it all without fear and without shame. These aren't just pictures of Sally Mann's children, they are an look into the heart of humanity with all its beauty and frailty, all its hardship and cherished memories. The particular occasion may be her children but they are about all of us. Enjoy.

Jessie Bites, 1985

Jessie at Five, 1987

Gorjus, 1989

Emmett, Jessie, and Virginia, 1989

Fallen Child, 1989

Emmett and the White Boy, 1990

Mann, Sally. Immediate Family. Aperture, 1992.

1 comment:

Nevis said...

Another of my favorite quotes by Magdalena Abakanowicz is, "I feel an affinity for art when it was made a form of existence, like when shamans worked in the territory between men and unknown powers… I try to bewitch the crowd.”