Proud Flesh. Photographs by Sally Mann. Essay by C.D. Wright. Aperture, New York, 2009. 64 pp. Large quarto. First edition, first printing. SIGNED on half-title page. Clothbound with tipped-on cover photo. 33 tritone reproductions.
"Exquisitely detailed, intimate, psychologically and emotionally intense, Sally Mann: Proud Flesh engages territory most often inhabited by male artists portraying their wives and female lovers as Mann turns the camera to her husband of 39 years, Larry. Beautiful, textured, and provocative, these unprecedented nude studies neither objectify nor celebrate; rather, they go far under the skin to suggest a relationship between man and woman that is profoundly trusting: sensual, sexual, sometimes painful, often indescribably tender, and always unblinkingly honest"--the publisher