Sally Mann

Johanna Lawshea


Sally Mann is one of America’s most renowned photographers. She has received numerous awards, including NEA, NEH, and Guggenheim Foundation grants, and her work is held by major institutions internationally. Her many books include What RemainsDeep South, and the Aperture titles At TwelveImmediate FamilyStill TimeProud Flesh, and The Flesh and the Spirit . A feature film about her work, What Remains, debuted to critical acclaim in 2006. Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs (Little, Brown and Company) is revealing and beautifully written memoir and family history. Sorting through boxes of family papers and yellowed photographs she finds more than she bargained for: “deceit and scandal, alcohol, domestic abuse, car crashes, bogeymen, clandestine affairs, dearly loved and disputed family land . . . racial complications, vast sums of money made and lost, the return of the prodigal son, and maybe even bloody murder.” Mann’s preoccupation with family, race, mortality, and the storied landscape of the American South are revealed as almost genetically predetermined, written into her DNA by the family history that precedes her.