sally’s children

Explorations of childhood, adolescence, and puberty characterize the imagery of Sally Mann (born Sally Munger), who first came to public attention for her series on pre-teenage girls, published in 1988 as At Twelve: Portraits of Young Women. Since 1984 her images have focused on family scenes centered around her three children, Emmet, Jessie, and Virginia. Working in black and white with a large-format view camera, Mann is both documentarian and storyteller, chronicling her children”s physical and emotional maturity as she photographs their everyday mishaps and playtime adventures. The children often appear nude, without modesty, and the candor of her subjects has sparked controversy over the photographs as part of the public domain and over issues of childhood sexuality and freedom. It has also raised debates about Mann herself, as she moves between roles as artist and mother.

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