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Sally Mann

American, b. 1951

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Sally Mann

American, b. 1951

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Biography

While photographs of poignant Southern landscapes and historic architecture earned Sally Mann initial accolades, it was her portraits of girls captured in the ephemeral moment between childhood innocence and womanly sophistication that solidified her reputation as provocateur. “Family Pictures” (1984-1991) emerged out of intimate, black-and-white photographs of her own young children, often nude, going about their daily lives—eating, sleeping, and playing. Besides eliciting controversy over her sexually charged images of children, Mann is noted for using large-format cameras—sometimes with damaged lenses that admit light leaks and imperfections—to reveal the uncanny beauty in her subjects, be they decomposing corpses, Civil War battlefields, or her own family. More recently, she has revisited the 19th-century process of wet collodion on glass plates, which captures fine details, but requires exposing and developing the film within 15 minutes. Limited control over the process leads to what Mann describes as “happy accidents” in her work.

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Auction
High auction record
$220k, Phillips, 2012
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Solo show at a major institution
Jeu de Paume
Group
Group show at a major institution
Guggenheim Museum, and 1 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 1 more
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Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 2 more
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Included in a major biennial
Whitney Biennial
Biography

While photographs of poignant Southern landscapes and historic architecture earned Sally Mann initial accolades, it was her portraits of girls captured in the ephemeral moment between childhood innocence and womanly sophistication that solidified her reputation as provocateur. “Family Pictures” (1984-1991) emerged out of intimate, black-and-white photographs of her own young children, often nude, going about their daily lives—eating, sleeping, and playing. Besides eliciting controversy over her sexually charged images of children, Mann is noted for using large-format cameras—sometimes with damaged lenses that admit light leaks and imperfections—to reveal the uncanny beauty in her subjects, be they decomposing corpses, Civil War battlefields, or her own family. More recently, she has revisited the 19th-century process of wet collodion on glass plates, which captures fine details, but requires exposing and developing the film within 15 minutes. Limited control over the process leads to what Mann describes as “happy accidents” in her work.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
Auction
High auction record
$220k, Phillips, 2012
User
Solo show at a major institution
Jeu de Paume
Group
Group show at a major institution
Guggenheim Museum, and 1 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 2 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Whitney Biennial
Shows Featuring Sally Mann
Articles Featuring Sally Mann
Sally Mann’s “Immediate Family” Challenged My Understanding of Photography
Jan 7th, 2020
Sally Mann’s “Immediate Family” Challenged My Understanding of Photography
These Photographers Captured What It Means to Be a Mother
May 11th, 2017
These Photographers Captured What It Means to Be a Mother
Happy Birthday, Sally Mann
May 1st, 2013
Happy Birthday, Sally Mann
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