Photographs by Sally Mann. Afterword by Reynolds Price.
Aperture, New York, 2014. 88 pp., 60 duotones,, 11x9½".
New edition due in April 2014 printed with new scans
and separations from original prints.
First published in 1992, Immediate Family has been lauded by critics as one of the great
photography books of our time, and among the most influential. Taken against the Arcadian
backdrop of her woodland summer home in Virginia, Sally Mann’s extraordinary, intimate
photographs of her children reveal truths that embody the individuality of her own
family yet ultimately take on a universal quality. With sublime dignity, acute wit and feral
grace, Sally Mann’s 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, pain,
vulnerability, role-playing and a sense of immortality, all of which converge in these astonishing
photographs. This reissue of Immediate Family has been printed using new scans
and separations from Mann’s original prints, which were taken with an 8 x 10-inch view
camera, rendering them with a freshness and sumptuousness true to the original edition.
Born in Lexington, Virginia in 1951, Sally Mann is one of America’s most renowned photographers.
Her work has been exhibited around the world and is held by such institutions
as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, and the Whitney Museum
of American Art, all in New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and Tokyo
Metropolitan Museum of Photography. She has received numerous honors, including a
doctorate from the Corcoran College of Art and Design, Washington, DC, and a Guggenheim
Memorial Foundation fellowship.