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What Remains [Hardcover]

Sally Mann
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  • Hardcover: 132 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 1 edition (1 Oct 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0821228439
  • ISBN-13: 978-0821228432
  • Product Dimensions: 30 x 33 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 399,652 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A collection of more than eighty tritone photographs highlights a five-part reflection on mortality, the separation of body and soul, life and death, the moment of death, and the manner in which life renews the earth. By the author of Immediate Family.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Is there life after life? 20 Oct 2005
By A Customer
This is an important book by an important photographer. The subject is death and the subject is approached and confronted with candor and tenderness.
The photographs were made using a wet plate process that is fraught with technical imperfections. But technical perfection is not the goal. The goal is emotional and the goal is achieved brilliantly.
From the bones of a beloved greyhound to decomposing human corpses at a forensic "body farm" to battlefield landscapes, the photographs confront death with staggering beauty. The final chapter, consisting of close-ups of the faces of her family, is a fitting summation of what remains that really matters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A study in mortality 15 Jan 2010
"Unless you photograph what you love, you're not gonna make good art"; Sally Mann

I had seen some of Sally Mann's work before in the US, but it wasn't until after I had seen the exhibition "The Family and The Land" over in Europe that I was really blown away by her work. Serene photographs about the inevitable... death and decay. Of loved ones such as her deceased dog, but also of the countless bodies on the Forensic Study Facilty in Tennessee. A harsh reality but she makes you think about life and death and about what happens after we die. What really remains of us besides our bones?
Most of the photographs in this book were part of that exhibition and while the book itself really showcases the power and brilliance of this amazing artist, these prints ultimately need to be seen on a large scale. The technical imperfections caused by the glass plate technique add to the power of her work.

The books ends with portraits of her three children, each print of equally breath taking beauty. I guess love is what remains...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Difficult and beautiful 20 Aug 2010
By Jaybird
What Remains faces the process of death with clarity and calmness.

Some of the photos are shocking, but Mann handles the subject without sentimentality or sensationalism. Her use of an antique camera emphasis the organic nature of her subjects and emphasises the textures. So there is a photograph of corpse, barely more than a skeleton, with a skeleton's shocking grin, but a loveliness and delicacy to the skin across the chest which references the fallen leaves around and there are intense close-ups of her three adult children, which reduces their features to a surface, reminiscent of a death mask and devoid of the animation and personality which characterised her photos of them when they were young.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ethereal Meditations on Mortality 4 Jan 2005
By Grady Harp - Published on Amazon.com
WHAT REMAINS is an apt title to this extraordinary photographic portfolio by the sensitive, ever inquisitive, gentle spirit of Sally Mann. Though often criticized for her 'audacity' of material she elects to photograph, Mann is never less than creative and challenging.

This well designed book is divided into sections that explore life and especially death in its many guises - accidental, violent, natural - and the remains of the deed, matter with which we the living must deal. There is the death of a family greyhound shown with grief and simplicity, the violent death of a criminal killed on Mann's property and the gore of that event and aftermath, a series of views of dead bodies in a morgue, and dark landscape survey of Antietam (a battlefield fro the Civil War) that is haunting and all too reminiscent of ongoing battlefields we still create, and finally some views of her own children's faces.

The camera techniques include ambrotypes and modes of developing that are both difficult and rewarding. One is left with the impact of the fine line between life and death and that vacuum that exists when one becomes the other. Some may find this particular portfolio difficult to see, but perhaps those people will gain the most from Sally Mann's meditations on life and death. Grady Harp, January 2004
33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shocking 28 Oct 2003
By Southern Bard - Published on Amazon.com
The first time I viewed this book, standing over it for nearly an hour, I was left socked, so shaken that I had to go to my room and turn off all the lights, and just lie in my bed and rest myself.
What Mann has created is not definable, and doubtless each viewing experience will be different for each individual. She does not seem to be creating an agenda book as much as an human experience. As I moved through I kept on thinking about, or rather questioning myself. What is it to look at a dead body? Is it a sign of disrespect for the dead? Or is it a sign of reverence? After all, it is the easy thing to turn away from the rotting flesh of our family, but that does not mean that it is the respectful thing, right?
One would think that Mann, already an artist at the top of her profession, might be tempted to rest on her laurels. However, this new work proves that she has no intention of doing so. She bravely continues to take risks, as well as dive further into her subject matter, and what remains is one of the world's greatest artists functioning at the peak of her creative powers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hauntingly Beautiful 11 Sep 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
I was not very familiar with the work of Sally Mann but was so captivated by the cover image on this book that I had to buy it. I was thrilled to see that the interior images are even more compelling. This look into mortality evokes different feelings every time I pick it up. The quality of the images seem far superior to most photography books out there; it's as though the book is filled with actual photographic prints. I highly recommend this book, it would be a unique and meaningful gift.
14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding! 10 Oct 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Death has long been a subject for artists. Mann's depth and vision elevate even the photos of decomposing bodies several levels above the merely grotesque. Yes, the photos are "difficult". The techniques employed produce dark or washed out and unevenly exposed images. But this adds to the overall mood of the book. And the subject matter is not "pretty". The final section of tightly cropped family photographs sums up "what remains". This is an outstanding project from one of the finest practitioners today of the photographer's art.
23 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you to Sally Mann......... 13 Nov 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Thank you to Sally Mann for her frank discussion & photographs on death. I have long felt that American's are spending millions of dollars in the vain, dillusional and fear-driven attempt to ELIMINATE aging and death. It is frustrating & depressing to see so much money wasted this way. It also seems to have created an obsession with safety at any cost. I appreciate Sally Mann's beautifully done work on this "taboo" subject.
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