Sally Mann's Best Photography Of The 21st Century

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Probably one of the most influential photographers of the 21st century, Sally Mann has been a great success in the world of photography of the last decade and a half. Mann is considered one of the best black and white female photographers in the field and was even named “America’s Best Photographer” by Time Magazine in 2001. Mann’s photographs are alluring and intriguing for viewers, offering a new interpretation on how others normally perceive the different aspects of life. It is important however, to first take a look at how Mann got started.
Sally Mann was born as the youngest of three children in Lexington, Virginia on May 1st of 1951 to Robert S. Munger and Elizabeth Evans Munger. She lists her father as her main influence on with how she started a real interest in photography. This interest started when she received her first personal camera from him during her late teenage years. Mann continued her interest in photography throughout her education, though she went on to major in Literature. In 1966, she attended the Putney School in Vermont to finish her secondary education. She went on to study for two years at Bennington College and at Friends World College in New York. She finished her degree at Hollins College, VA in 1974 (Chou). Throughout her collegiate years, Mann attended various photography workshops across the world including that of Ansel Adams where she worked under him as an assistant. Also during this time, Mann met and married her husband of now forty years of marriage, Larry Mann, a lawyer. Together they have three children, Emmett, Virginia, and Jessie. Mann’s children would play a large part in her photography career as they grew up, her most renowned work including them. “The things that are close to you...

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...hildren aged and matured. Mann takes this to an entirely more intimate level when she photographs her husband Larry man at his most vulnerable times in Proud Flesh. Larry was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy, deterioration of the muscles, and Mann began photographing him almost as if she was capturing his decay over time from a once youthful and strong man to one who has lost much of what he considered manly.
Sally Mann does not hold back anything when it comes to photography what she loves even though it can be painful for not just the viewer but the subject and photographer as well. It is hard to argue that Mann is not one of the most talented photographers in the 21st century because of the nature which she explores the art of photography. Without a doubt, Sally Mann has changed the way many people view photography and the meanings we find behind the picture.

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