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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended for those who appreciate art photography
A very good book which deals intimately with family life. Sally Mann is clearly the loving mother of some very self-possessed and self-aware children. I was concerned before I saw the book about some of the tales that I had heard regarding the content. Frankly, anyone who finds this book prurient needs psychiatric help. Some of the pictures are shocking, it is true,...
Published on 5 Sep 2000

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1.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing
Mann's photographs in "Immediate Family" are certainly beautiful technically. I want to like this woman who also grew up in the '60s and speaks so tenderly in her preface about her children and her own childhood. Her photographs, shot in a hauntingly beautiful mountain setting offer us an interesting and often charming glimpse of "feral"...
Published on 25 April 1999


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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended for those who appreciate art photography, 5 Sep 2000
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A very good book which deals intimately with family life. Sally Mann is clearly the loving mother of some very self-possessed and self-aware children. I was concerned before I saw the book about some of the tales that I had heard regarding the content. Frankly, anyone who finds this book prurient needs psychiatric help. Some of the pictures are shocking, it is true, but not in that sense- the viewer is shocked by an awareness of their own inability to help when confronted with the image of a boy with a smashed nose and lip or a girl, unconscious on the surgeon's table, with multiple stitches in a gash on her forehead. Mann understands her antecedents, and there are strong echoes of Weston and Eugene Smith to name but two in this work. The fact is that bringing up children (and I speak as the father of four) is both shocking and beautiful, as are these pictures.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Universally appealing, 3 Jan 1998
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I was unaware of the controversy regarding Mrs. Mann's work until recently and find the harsh words totally unwarranted and the attitudes unbelievable. This book reflects her understanding of what it's like to be a child in a rural environment and has NOTHING to do with pornography.
The nudity which some find so shocking is natural for kids. It's not until later when we learn our bodies are "bad" that we stop displaying them. That some attach the nudity in the shots of her children with sex speaks poorly of them and those who perpetuate this attitude.
This is a wonderful book that most of you will appreciate and identify with, making you recall memories of your own youth. And, if you were brought up in a suburban area you'll even learn some of what it's like being a kid in the country. However, if your looking for a book with snapshots of smiling kids, you'll be disappointed. This is a photo essay on an all too brief time of our lives, with the pictures being neither cute nor pretty, the photographer having chosen instead to show emotion and reality, and has done so beautifully.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Full of emotion....a rare find, 1 Feb 1999
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When I first opened this book, I was shocked by the images of a bloody nose and a cut eye. But as I perused this book, I relized that all of these photographs showed different sides of childhood. The pain, the joy, and the unadulterated innocence. Sally Mann is truely talented in the art of photography. This book touched my heart like it has never been touched before.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Immediate Family by Sally Mann, 11 April 1998
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"I grew up around nude kids. I went nude whenever I could back then and have continued going nude at every opportunity throughout my life. When I leaf through 'Immediate Family', I see kids doing what I and the other kids did, and what naturist kids still do. I relate to the Mann kids as fellow human beings and fellow naturists." No, I didn't write that. I wish I did. That was the response I got from Jon McCreight of the Minnesota Naturists when I asked him for his comment. I don't know who I envy more, Mr. McCreight or Sally Mann's three children. Having grown up in a puritanical family, I have since envied children who are allowed to corporeally admire others and to be corporeally admired in return.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sensitivity and photography skill at its best, 24 Oct 1997
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The pictures can stir you up. Growing up is not always beautiful. Unbelievable how this mother can capture those moments.Is it the family, is it the surrounding, or just the moments? Just once do I want to take a picture like that and I will start with my own children. Did somebody notice that the children are sometimes nude? What else would they be?
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing and Transcendental Art, 27 Oct 1997
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All of the photographs in this collection were taken with an 8x10 view camera, even those that have the appearance of candid, random snapshots. Many of the images are carefully manipulated in the darkroom to give one of the subjects an eerie, almost angelic luminescence in scenes dominated by hardship, tragedy, and crushing rural poverty. Sally Mann is a major artist, supported by Guggenheim, NEH and NEA grants, and this is some of her very best work. Readers should be warned that some will consider this work to border on child pornography. While this is absolutely not the case (and I vigorously support prosecution of those who exploit children in any fashion), in some localities this could almost be a "dangerous" book to own. Sally Mann's disturbing and transcendent vision will outlast our current hysteria and misunderstanding and will endure as photographic literature.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent b&w photography...some of the best I've seen!, 29 Dec 1996
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A wonderful document of growing up as kids actually live it.
Beautiful b&w photography...forever compels me to dust off my good
camera, load it up with fine-grain b&w film and try my hand at it.
Ms. Mann's text is also good, complementing rather than describing
the photographs. Recomended, even if you're not into photographic
"art books"
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top rate pictorial Art, 18 April 1998
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I find it a pity if issues of childhood and whatever blinds anybody to the fact that Sally Mann is one of our greatest photographers, judged on pure aesthetics. Simply awesome. The word is Beauty.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Photo's which remind us of our search for identity., 12 April 1999
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Sally Mann is a master at capturing emotion. Her family photographs bring the observer back to the days of self discovery and the search for ones own identity. They remind us that the search is ever lasting and provoke pride in that notion. Her children appear independent and mature, however, there are subtle messages in the photographs which remind us of the often false face we present to the camera--to the world. I recommend this book to anyone in search of themselves and/or nostalgic of childhood.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent photographs override those of lesser quality, 27 Sep 1997
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Overall I liked her book, most of her photographs were excellent. The few that were not of the high quality I expected were more than overridden by the outstanding pictures like "Jessie at 6, 1988", "Emmett 1985", and especially "Emmett, Jessie, and Virginia, 1989", and "The Last Time Emmett Modeled Nude, 1987". I had hoped that the book would include "The Perfect Tomato" but it does not.
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