Sally Mann’s Photographs

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A nearly lifelong resident of Rockbridge County, Virginia, photographer and writer Sally Mann developed her first photograph in April 1969. During the 1970s, Mann took photographs of women, the Virginia countryside, still lives, and nudes. In 1983, Mann turned her camera almost exclusively to adolescent girls and then began taking photographs of her own children in 1984. Beginning in 1993, Mann returned to making landscape photographs, which she has continued to make into the present. In 2018, the National Gallery of Art presents a traveling retrospective, Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings, which will include new portraits, still lifes, and landscapes. This lecture will provide an overview of Mann’s career by focusing on her photographic processes, influences, and transitions while highlighting her major works.