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Sally Mann: Immediate Family Paperback – 1 Jul 2004
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'A beguiling insight into the enigma of childhood.' (Sunday Times) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
Sally Mann has exhibited and taught nationally. Her work is in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Chrysler Museum, the Corcoran Gallery, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and other major collections around the country. She has received grants from the NEA, the NEH, the Friends of Photography, and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. She lives in Lexington, Virginia, with her husband and three children, whom she continues to photograph as part of an ongoing project. All of the photographs in Immediate Family were taken with an 8-by-10-inch view camera.
Reynolds Price was born in Macon, North Carolina, in 1933. His 1962 novel A Long and Happy Life received the William Faulkner Award for a notable first novel, and has never been out of print. He has published numerous other books, including Kate Vaiden, for which he received the National Books Critics Circle Award. He has also published volumes of short stories, poems, plays, essays, a memoir, and he has written for the screen and for television. He is a member of the National Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters and is James B. Duke Professor of English at Duke University.
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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.
Attitudes at the time were rather different and more relaxed than now and I can well imagine that some who may see this today will have rather negative opinions about it. However the author/photographer had photographed her own children and her motives are wholly beyond question. It shows the young children at ease with themselves and each other and also with the photographer, parent or not. Few children of similar age would be quite so at ease as were they.
Although the number of images within are relatively few, it is and should be regarded as a photo essay. Those same children may now themselves be parents and it would therefore be interesting to hear their views, both their current opinions and perhaps their recollections of when they were being photographed.
Because of the change in modern attitudes, especially when children are photographed as they were, I feel that a slightly down-graded rating is needed.
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
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