Text by John Ravenal, David Levi Strauss, Anne Wilkes Tucker.
Sally Mann: The Flesh and The Spirit
is the first in-depth exploration of this world-renowned artist's
approach to the body. Throughout her career, Mann has fearlessly pushed
her exploration of the human form, tackling often difficult subject
matter and making unapologetically sensual images that are
simultaneously bold and lyrical. This beautifully produced publication
includes Mann's earliest platinum prints from the late 1970s, Polaroid
still lifes, early color work of her children, haunting landscape
images, recent self-portraits and nude studies of her husband. These
series document Mann's interest in the body as principal subject, with
the associated issues of vulnerability and mortality lending an elegiac
note to her images. In bringing them together, author and curator John
Ravenal examines the varied ways in which Mann's experimental approach,
including ambrotypes and gelatin-silver prints made from collodian
wet-plate negatives, moves her subjects from the corporeal to the
ethereal. Ravenal also supplies a comprehensive introduction as well as
individual entries on each series, and essays by David Levi Strauss
("Eros, Psyche, and the Mendacity of Photography") and Anne Wilkes
Tucker ("Living Memory") add different, but equally illuminating
perspectives to this work. Sally Mann: The Flesh and The Spirit is a must for any serious library of photographic literature, students, scholars, collectors and others interested in her work. Sally Mann
(born 1951) is one of America's most renowned photographers. She has
received numerous awards, including NEA, NEH, and Guggenheim Foundation
grants, and her work is held by major institutions internationally.
Mann's many books include What Remains (2003), Deep South (2005), and the Aperture titles At Twelve (1988), Immediate Family (1992), Still Time (1994) and Proud Flesh (2009). She lives in Lexington, Virginia.
Featured image is from Sally Mann: The Flesh and The Spirit, published by Aperture with the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.