Immediate Family. Photographs by Sally Mann. Afterword by Reynolds Price. Aperture, New York, 1992. 88 pp. Quarto. Later printing. SIGNED on a sticker affixed to half-title page. Stiff photo-illustrated wrappers. 65 duotone reproductions. Printed by L.E.G.O., Italy.
Sally Mann's controversial book of photographs of her children. The publisher states "Immediate Family is an exploration of the psyches of parents and children, probing the tears, fears, tribulations, and joys of growing up and of raising a family. . . . Mann states that the work is `about everybody's fears, as well as their memories.' Her pictures explore the eternal struggle between the child's simultaneous dependence and quest for autonomy--the holding on and the breaking away. This is the stuff of which Greek dramas are made: impatience, terror, self-discovery, self-doubt, vulnerability, pain, joy, fun. . . . ". A stunning essay is included by the poet Reynolds Price.