Sally Mann

Reading: Sally Mann
 Friday, June 12th at 11:00 am 
Paramount Theater 
215 East Main Street 
Book signing at 1:15 pm 
Second Street Gallery

115 2nd Street SE 


"The best quality of Hold Still—a book that strikes me as an instant classic among Southern memoirs of the last 50 years—is its ambient sense of an original, come-as-you-are life that has been well lived and well observed. It’s a book that dials open the aperture on your own senses. Like the photographs she most admires, it is rooted in particulars yet has 'some rudiment of the eternal in it.'"
—Dwight Garner, The New York Times

Sally Mann has been involved with the LOOK3 Festival since 2007, when she was a featured artist. She joined forces with LOOK3 again in 2011 to interview Nan Goldin. She returns to share her new memoir Hold Still with us this year. 

Her works are included in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Art, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Museum of Fine Arts, in Boston, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Whitney Museum of New York City among many others.

Sally has received numerous awards, including NEA, NEH, and Guggenheim Foundation grants, and her many books include Second Sight (1983), At Twelve (1988), Immediate Family(1992), Still Time (1994), What Remains (2003), Deep South (2005), Proud Flesh(2009), and The Flesh and the Spirit (2010).

Presenter, 2007

“I want my work to be about the people and places that I love, in all their complexity…and the hope is that it will have a universal resonance in spite of being so personal. To that end, I’m not afraid to use lyricism, romance and intimacy which, like venom to the snake-handlers, offer terrible risk but also a ticket to transcendence.” —Sally Mann

Sally Mann lives and works in Lexington, Virginia, where she was born in 1951.

One of America’s most renowned photographers, she has exhibited work around the world and was designated “America’s Best Photographer” in 2001 by Time.

In 2002, two documentaries about her work aired on PBS; a feature length film, What Remains, debuted at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival and will air on HBO in 2007. 

She has published seven monographs, among themImmediate Family, a series of startlingly intimate images of her three children, and Deep South, a compilation of her haunting and otherworldly landscape imagery.

She works almost exclusively in large format, most recently employing the wet-plate collodion process.

“Few photographers of any time or place have matched Sally Mann’s steadiness of simple eyesight, her serene technical brilliance and the clearly communicated eloquence she derives from her subjects, human and otherwise-subjects observed with an ardor that is all but indistinguishable from love.” —Reynolds Price, in Time magazine.