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Sally Mann: Immediate Family

First published in 1992, Immediate Family has been lauded by critics as one of the great photography books of our time, and among the most influential. Taken against the Arcadian backdrop of her woodland summer home in Virginia, Sally Mann's extraordinary, intimate photographs of her children reveal truths that embody the individuality of her own family yet ultimately take on a universal quality. With sublime dignity, acute wit, and feral grace, Mann's pictures explore the eternal struggle between the child's simultaneous dependence and quest for autonomythe holding on and the breaking away. This is the stuff of which Greek dramas are made: impatience, terror, self-discovery, self-doubt, pain, vulnerability, role-playing, and a sense of immortality, all of which converge in these astonishing photographs. This reissue of Immediate Family is printed using new scans and separations from Mann's original prints, which were taken with an 8-by-10-inch view camera, rendering them with a freshness and sumptuousness true to the original edition.
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influential monograph...--Krystal Grow"American Photo" (05/21/2015) They were simply among the most beautiful photographs I had ever seen.--Sebastian Smee "The Boston Globe " influential monograph...--Krystal Grow "American Photo " ...the formal power and lapidary beauty of the work...--Lisa Shea " " Sally Mann chooses to explore the concept of childhood and "growing up" using a variety of the sensual, reality and the fantastic; all through a maternal eye.--The Editors "American Suburb X " the book that catapulted her career into the realm of critically lauded and publicly debated celebrity--Rebecca Bengal " " the book that catapulted her career into the realm of critically lauded and publicly debated celebrity Rebecca Bengal, "" Probably no photographer in history has enjoyed such a burst of success in the art world. "The New York Times," 1992 The fears and sheltering tenderness that any parent has felt for his or her child were realized with an eidetic clarity "The New York Times," 1992 Photographs seem to represent, for Mann, a counter-reality, an opposition to what is and what was. "The Atlantic" They were simply among the most beautiful photographs I had ever seen. Sebastian Smee, "The Boston Globe" "

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