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Sally Mann, Cindy and Dog Statue, 1983 Gelatin silver print, 10 × 8 inches (25.4 × 20.3 cm), edition of 25© Sally Mann

Sally Mann, Cindy and Dog Statue, 1983

Gelatin silver print, 10 × 8 inches (25.4 × 20.3 cm), edition of 25
© Sally Mann

Sally Mann, Jennifer at the Rodeo, 1984 Gelatin silver print, 10 × 8 inches (25.4 × 20.3 cm), edition of 25© Sally Mann

Sally Mann, Jennifer at the Rodeo, 1984

Gelatin silver print, 10 × 8 inches (25.4 × 20.3 cm), edition of 25
© Sally Mann

Sally Mann, Holding Virginia, 1989 Gelatin silver print, 24 × 20 inches (61 × 50.8 cm), edition of 25© Sally Mann

Sally Mann, Holding Virginia, 1989

Gelatin silver print, 24 × 20 inches (61 × 50.8 cm), edition of 25
© Sally Mann

Sally Mann, Emmett Floating at Camp, 1991 Gelatin silver print, 20 × 24 inches (50.8 × 61 cm), edition of 25© Sally Mann

Sally Mann, Emmett Floating at Camp, 1991

Gelatin silver print, 20 × 24 inches (50.8 × 61 cm), edition of 25
© Sally Mann

Sally Mann, Larry Shaving, 1991 Gelatin silver print, 20 × 24 inches (50.8 × 61 cm), edition of 25© Sally Mann

Sally Mann, Larry Shaving, 1991

Gelatin silver print, 20 × 24 inches (50.8 × 61 cm), edition of 25
© Sally Mann

Sally Mann, Virginia, Untitled (Upper Field), 1993 Tea-toned gelatin silver print, 40 × 50 inches (101.6 × 127 cm), edition of 10© Sally Mann

Sally Mann, Virginia, Untitled (Upper Field), 1993

Tea-toned gelatin silver print, 40 × 50 inches (101.6 × 127 cm), edition of 10
© Sally Mann

Sally Mann, Deep South, Untitled (Checkmark Windsor), 1998 Tea-toned gelatin silver print, 40 × 50 inches (101.6 × 127 cm), edition of 10© Sally Mann

Sally Mann, Deep South, Untitled (Checkmark Windsor), 1998

Tea-toned gelatin silver print, 40 × 50 inches (101.6 × 127 cm), edition of 10
© Sally Mann

Sally Mann, Georgia, Untitled (Black Spot), 1996 Tea-toned gelatin silver print, 40 × 50 inches (101.6 × 127 cm), edition of 10© Sally Mann

Sally Mann, Georgia, Untitled (Black Spot), 1996

Tea-toned gelatin silver print, 40 × 50 inches (101.6 × 127 cm), edition of 10
© Sally Mann

Sally Mann, Battlefields, Antietam (Cobweb), 2002 Varnished gelatin silver print, 40 × 50 inches (101.6 × 127 cm), edition of 5© Sally Mann

Sally Mann, Battlefields, Antietam (Cobweb), 2002

Varnished gelatin silver print, 40 × 50 inches (101.6 × 127 cm), edition of 5
© Sally Mann

Sally Mann, Battlefields, Manassas (Home Field), 2001 Varnished gelatin silver print, 40 × 50 inches (101.6 × 127 cm), edition of 5© Sally Mann

Sally Mann, Battlefields, Manassas (Home Field), 2001

Varnished gelatin silver print, 40 × 50 inches (101.6 × 127 cm), edition of 5
© Sally Mann

Sally Mann, Battlefields, Chancellorsville (Rever’s Turn), 2002 Varnished gelatin silver print, 40 × 50 inches (101.6 × 127 cm), edition of 5© Sally Mann

Sally Mann, Battlefields, Chancellorsville (Rever’s Turn), 2002

Varnished gelatin silver print, 40 × 50 inches (101.6 × 127 cm), edition of 5
© Sally Mann

Sally Mann, Battlefields, Antietam (Spindly Trees), 2001 Varnished gelatin silver print, 40 × 50 inches (101.6 × 127 cm), edition of 5© Sally Mann

Sally Mann, Battlefields, Antietam (Spindly Trees), 2001

Varnished gelatin silver print, 40 × 50 inches (101.6 × 127 cm), edition of 5
© Sally Mann

Sally Mann, Untitled, 2000 Gelatin silver print, 30 × 38 inches (76.2 × 96.5 cm), edition of 3© Sally Mann

Sally Mann, Untitled, 2000

Gelatin silver print, 30 × 38 inches (76.2 × 96.5 cm), edition of 3
© Sally Mann

Sally Mann, Untitled, 2000 Gelatin silver print, 30 × 38 inches (76.2 × 96.5 cm), edition of 3© Sally Mann

Sally Mann, Untitled, 2000

Gelatin silver print, 30 × 38 inches (76.2 × 96.5 cm), edition of 3
© Sally Mann

Sally Mann, Triptych, c. 2004 Varnished gelatin silver print, in 3 parts, overall: 50 × 120 inches (127 × 304.8 cm), edition of 8© Sally Mann

Sally Mann, Triptych, c. 2004

Varnished gelatin silver print, in 3 parts, overall: 50 × 120 inches (127 × 304.8 cm), edition of 8
© Sally Mann

Sally Mann, Remembered Light, Untitled (Flamingo on Heart Base), 2012 Gelatin silver print, 16 × 20 inches (40.6 × 50.8 cm), edition of 3© Sally Mann

Sally Mann, Remembered Light, Untitled (Flamingo on Heart Base), 2012

Gelatin silver print, 16 × 20 inches (40.6 × 50.8 cm), edition of 3
© Sally Mann

Sally Mann, Remembered Light, Untitled (Funnel Sculpture), 2012 Gelatin silver print, 20 × 24 inches (50.8 × 61 cm), edition of 3© Sally Mann

Sally Mann, Remembered Light, Untitled (Funnel Sculpture), 2012

Gelatin silver print, 20 × 24 inches (50.8 × 61 cm), edition of 3
© Sally Mann

Sally Mann, Remembered Light, Untitled (Pale Detail), 1999–2000 Gelatin silver print, 16 × 20 inches (40.6 × 50.8 cm), edition of 3© Sally Mann

Sally Mann, Remembered Light, Untitled (Pale Detail), 1999–2000

Gelatin silver print, 16 × 20 inches (40.6 × 50.8 cm), edition of 3
© Sally Mann

Sally Mann, Remembered Light, Untitled (Suitcase), 2011–2012 Platinum print, 9 × 14 inches (22.9 × 35.6 cm), edition of 3© Sally Mann

Sally Mann, Remembered Light, Untitled (Suitcase), 2011–2012

Platinum print, 9 × 14 inches (22.9 × 35.6 cm), edition of 3
© Sally Mann

Sally Mann, Remembered Light, Untitled (Solitary Print on Wall), 2012 Inkjet print, 23 × 34 ¾ inches (58.4 × 88.3 cm), edition of 3© Sally Mann

Sally Mann, Remembered Light, Untitled (Solitary Print on Wall), 2012

Inkjet print, 23 × 34 ¾ inches (58.4 × 88.3 cm), edition of 3
© Sally Mann

Sally Mann, Remembered Light, Untitled (Wall Drip with Blue Tape), 2012 Inkjet print, 16 × 24 inches (40.6 × 61 cm), edition of 3© Sally Mann

Sally Mann, Remembered Light, Untitled (Wall Drip with Blue Tape), 2012

Inkjet print, 16 × 24 inches (40.6 × 61 cm), edition of 3
© Sally Mann

Sally Mann, Johnny Reb, 2004 Gelatin silver print, 15 × 13 ½ inches (38.1 × 34.3 cm), edition of 5© Sally Mann

Sally Mann, Johnny Reb, 2004

Gelatin silver print, 15 × 13 ½ inches (38.1 × 34.3 cm), edition of 5
© Sally Mann

Sally Mann, Kingfisher’s Wing, 2007 Gelatin silver print, 15 × 13 ½ inches (38.1 × 34.3 cm), edition of 5© Sally Mann

Sally Mann, Kingfisher’s Wing, 2007

Gelatin silver print, 15 × 13 ½ inches (38.1 × 34.3 cm), edition of 5
© Sally Mann

Sally Mann, The Nature of Loneliness, 2008 Gelatin silver print, 15 × 13 ½ inches (38.1 × 34.3 cm), edition of 5© Sally Mann

Sally Mann, The Nature of Loneliness, 2008

Gelatin silver print, 15 × 13 ½ inches (38.1 × 34.3 cm), edition of 5
© Sally Mann

About

To be able to take my pictures, I have to look, all the time, at the people and places I care about. And I must do so with both ardor and cool appraisal, with the passions of eye and heart, but in that ardent heart there must also be a splinter of ice. 
—Sally Mann

Sally Mann is known for her photographs of intimate and familiar subjects rendered both sublime and disquieting. Her projects explore the complexities of familial relationships, social realities, and the passage of time, capturing tensions between nature, history, and memory.

Born in Lexington, Virginia, Mann began to study photography in the late 1960s, attending the Ansel Adams Gallery’s Yosemite Workshops in Yosemite National Park, California and the Putney School and Bennington College, both in Vermont. She received a BA from Hollins College, Roanoke, Virginia, in 1974, and an MA in creative writing the following year. At a moment when many other photographers were creating large-scale color prints, Mann looked to photography’s past, investigating the visual and metaphorical potential of employing nineteenth-century technologies. She has long used an 8 x 10 bellows camera and has explored platinum, bromoil, and wet-plate collodion processes for making prints.

Mann had her first solo museum exhibition at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, in 1977, presenting The Lewis Law Portfolio (1974–76)a series of black-and-white photographs that comprise some of her earliest explorations into the inherent abstract beauty of the everyday. In the early 1980s she published two books, Second Sight and At Twelve, the latter a study of young girls on the cusp of womanhood. Between 1984 and 1994 she worked on the series Family Pictures, which focused on her three children, then all under the age of twelve. These works touch on ordinary moments—playing, sleeping, and eating—as well as larger themes such as death and cultural perceptions of sexuality and motherhood. From 1999 to 2012, Mann photographed Cy Twombly’s warmly lit studio in Lexington, recording the moments she spent with him there as well as the traces of his artistic life.

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Still from "Sally Mann: Vinculum".

Sally Mann: Vinculum

Join Sally Mann at her studio in Lexington, Virginia. Filmed at work in her darkroom and within the surrounding landscape, she discusses her exploratory approach to making and printing pictures, what draws her to the landscape of the American South, and her newest body of work, Vinculum.

Sally Mann and Edmund de Waal at the Frick Collection, New York, November 8, 2019.

In Conversation
Edmund de Waal and Sally Mann

Sally Mann joins Edmund de Waal onstage at the Frick Collection in New York to converse about art, writing, and the importance of place in their respective bodies of work. 

Left: Sally Mann, Self-Portrait, 1974; right: Jenny Saville in her studio, c. 1990s.

In Conversation
Sally Mann and Jenny Saville

The two artists discuss being drawn to difficult subjects, the effects of motherhood on their practice, embracing chance, and their shared adoration of Cy Twombly.

Gagosian Quarterly Spring 2019

Now available
Gagosian Quarterly Spring 2019

The Spring 2019 issue of Gagosian Quarterly is now available, featuring Red Pot with Lute Player #2 by Jonas Wood on its cover.

Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings

Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings

Drew Gilpin Faust discusses Sally Mann’s landscape photographs of Antietam, a site that more than a century ago bore witness to one of the bloodiest battles in the American Civil War.

Gagosian Quarterly Spring 2018

Gagosian Quarterly Spring 2018

The Spring 2018 Gagosian Quarterly with a cover by Ed Ruscha is now available for order.

Sally Mann: Remembered Light

Sally Mann: Remembered Light

Edmund de Waal and Sally Mann discuss Cy Twombly’s relationship to photography, Mann’s pervasive interest in the American South, and the context behind her newest body of work.

Sally Mann

In Conversation
Sally Mann

In Sally Mann’s new memoir Hold Still, her lyrical prose and startlingly revealing photographs make up an original personal history that has the page-turning drama of a great novel. In this interview with Derek Blasberg, she reflects on discovering family history, her relationship to criticism, and why she will never leave Virginia.

Fairs, Events & Announcements

Sally Mann, Blackwater 3, 2008–12 © Sally Mann

Award

Sally Mann
Prix Pictet

Sally Mann is the winner of the ninth cycle of the Prix Pictet, which aims to harness the power of photography to draw global attention to issues of sustainability, particularly concerning the environment. The thematic focus of this award cycle is “fire.” Mann has been recognized for her Blackwater series (2008–12), a multifaceted exploration of the Great Dismal Swamp, which spans the border of Virginia and North Carolina. Viewed by the artist as “a vessel for the memories of the complex struggles enacted upon it,” the swamp was long a treacherous refuge for people escaping slavery, and had been devastated by wildfires by the time Mann photographed it. The award ceremony took place at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London on December 15, 2021, in advance of the opening of an exhibition at the museum showcasing the twelve photographic series shortlisted for the prize.

Sally Mann, Blackwater 3, 2008–12 © Sally Mann

Photo: © Annie Leibovitz

Artist Spotlight

Sally Mann

November 17–23, 2021

Sally Mann is known for her photographs of intimate and familiar subjects rendered both sublime and disquieting. Her projects explore the complexities of familial relationships, social realities, and the passage of time, capturing tensions between nature, history, and memory. Central to Mann’s investigation are the landscapes that she has photographed both near her home in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley and across the South for over three decades. Often using a view camera, Mann draws on the history of both her medium and the Southern landscape to produce photographs that are expressive and elegiac.

Photo: © Annie Leibovitz

Sally Mann, Ponder Heart, 2009 © Sally Mann

Award

Sally Mann
OPUS Award

Sally Mann is the 2021 recipient of the annual OPUS Award. Presented by the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans, the award is bestowed to individuals who have made and continue to make significant contributions to the vibrant and complex fabric of American Southern art. Mann, who was born in Lexington, Virginia, began her photographic practice in the 1960s and has remained connected to her Southern roots, documenting the people and places of the region in various critically acclaimed bodies of work. The award will be presented in January 2022, at the museum’s annual “O What a Night” gala.

Sally Mann, Ponder Heart, 2009 © Sally Mann

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Museum Exhibitions

Sally Mann, Was Ever Love, 2009 © Sally Mann

Closing this Week

Sally Mann in
Love Songs: Photographies de l’intime

Through August 21, 2022
Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris
www.mep-fr.org

This exhibition, whose subtitle translates to Photography and Intimacy, aims to propose a new vision of the history of photography through the prism of intimate relationships between lovers. Bringing together fourteen series by some of the most important photographers of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, the show takes the viewer through many different stories and scenarios photographed between couples. Work by Sally Mann is included.

Sally Mann, Was Ever Love, 2009 © Sally Mann

Mary Weatherford, Engine, 2014, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC © Mary Weatherford. Photo: Fredrik Nilsen Studio

On View

America. Entre rêves et réalités
La collection du Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Collection

Through September 5, 2022
Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, Canada
www.mnbaq.org

Featuring more than a hundred paintings, photographs, sculptures, and video works drawn from the permanent collection of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC, this exhibition, whose title translates to America. Between Dreams and Realities, offers a broad overview of modern and contemporary American art. Organized thematically, it looks carefully and critically at the notion of the American dream and uncovers how artists have variously grappled with questions of identity, the challenges of globalization, the realities of everyday life in America, and the complexities of its technological and political revolutions. Work by Alexander Calder, Willem de Kooning, Helen Frankenthaler, Sally Mann, Man Ray, Brice Marden, Nam June Paik, Ed Ruscha, Andy Warhol, and Mary Weatherford is included.

Mary Weatherford, Engine, 2014, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC © Mary Weatherford. Photo: Fredrik Nilsen Studio

Sally Mann, Deep South, Untitled (Emmett Till River Bank), 1998 © Sally Mann

On View

New Symphony of Time

Opened September 7, 2019
Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson
www.msmuseumart.org

New Symphony of Time expands the boundaries of Mississippi’s identity, casting light on a shared past to help reflect an expansive, more inclusive future. The exhibition aims to explore personal and collective memory, history and the connection to place, and the roles artists play in pursuit of civil rights and racial equity through ancestry. Themes include migration, movement, and home; shared humanity; environment; and liberty. Work by Titus Kaphar and Sally Mann is included.

Sally Mann, Deep South, Untitled (Emmett Till River Bank), 1998 © Sally Mann

Sally Mann, Battlefields, Antietam (Last Light), 2001 © Sally Mann

Closed

Sally Mann in
Past Is Prologue: History in Contemporary Art

April 16–July 31, 2022
Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts
addison.andover.edu

The artists assembled in Past Is Prologue mine the past, using American history and the history of Western art to explore issues of gender, identity, memory, race, and truth. Drawn from the Addison Gallery’s permanent collection, the paintings, prints, sculptures, and photographs on view illuminate previously obscured narratives to reveal personal and shared connections between the country’s complex past and its cultural and political present. Work by Sally Mann is included.

Sally Mann, Battlefields, Antietam (Last Light), 2001 © Sally Mann

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