Sally Mann

Since publishing her first books of photography in the 1980’s, Sally Mann has been a
pioneer in the national and international contemporary art scene. She fiercely
produces work that challenges the role of photography in contemporary art, relying
on antique film processes to compose reflective, eerie images. Having spent most of
her life in Lexington, Virginia, her work is deeply rooted in the South, documenting
scenes of Virginia, Georgia, and Mississippi with an intensely poetic, nuanced touch.
She recently completed the series Six Rivers, which captures important bodies of
water in Richmond and eastern Virginia, including the James, Piankatank, Nottoway,
and Blackwater. Using antique 8 x 10 format cameras, she composes emotive, almost
painterly images reflecting a wide tonal range. She embraces imperfection and
unpredictability, allowing haziness and distortion to bleed into scenes of crisp rocks
and atmospheric bogs.
Mann was born in Lexington, Virginia and earned her Bachelor of Arts and
Master of Arts in Writing from Hollins College (1974, 1975). Recently, her work was
highlighted in a major travelling survey exhibition at The National Gallery of Art,
Washington, D.C.; Peabody Essex Museum, Salem; The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los
Angeles; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Jeu de Paume, Paris; and the High
Museum of Art, Atlanta. Mann has also held major solo museum exhibitions
including Sally Mann: The Flesh and the Spirit at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
(2010); Sally Mann: What Remains at the Corcoran Art Gallery, Washington, DC (2004);
and Sally Mann: The Family and the Land which traveled throughout Europe to the
Royal Library, Copenhagen, Denmark, and Stenersen Museum, Oslo, Norway (2007-
2008). Her 2015 memoir, Hold Still, is a National Book Award Finalist and NY Times
Bestseller and won the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction. She has
been awarded a National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, National Endowment
for the Humanities Grant, Guggenheim Foundation grants, and additional significant
recognitions. Mann currently resides in Virginia.