Sally Mann

March 05, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Sally Mann is a Virginia photographer famed for her photos of life in Virginia and the south. Diane and I went to her exhibit today at the National Gallery of Art and spent a couple of hours looking at her powerful photographs. In the 80s through the 90s she photographed her family in their day-to-day lives. She did, however, apparently spend a considerable amount of time posing them to get "just the right look" of those daily lives. She was using an 8x10 camera...which is a HUGE box! In the late 90s, she began experimenting with older technology and really old cameras. Her tour through the south had her using this old technology that created photos that look rough, that is, they looked "imperfect" which is exactly the look she wanted. She thinks that time has stopped in the south and if not stopped...perhaps "Stilled." Her work is a combination of photography and narrative. This is a shot of Diane looking at one of Mann's works. If you have a chance, you really should head for the National Gallery of Art, head for the West Wing, ground floor...you will find yourself immersed in a little of America's Story.

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