donderdag 23 oktober 2014


Ph: Sally Mann

Sally Mann is an American photographer, best known for her large black-and-white photographs - at first of her young children, then later of landscapes suggesting decay and death.
'Mann is perhaps best known for Immediate Family, her third collection, published in 1992. The NY Times said, "Probably no photographer in history has enjoyed such a burst of success in the art world." The book consists of 65 black-and-white photographs of her three children, all under the age of 10. Many of the pictures were taken at the family's remote summer cabin along the river, where the children played and swam in the nude. Many explore typical childhood themes (skinny dipping, reading the funnies, dressing up, vamping, napping, playing board games) but others touch on darker themes such as insecurity, loneliness, injury, sexuality and death. The controversy on its release was intense, including accusations of child pornography (both in America and abroad) and of contrived fiction with constructed tableaux.' (source: Wikipedia) 

When I saw a picture from this collection on my Facebook wall, posted by one of my Facebook friends (the second picture in this post, to be exact) it had my attention immediately. It's a shocking, but interesting photograph. I wanted to see and read more about this artist and this collection! 
While watching the photo's, I didn't know what to think. It left me confused. The collection shows us family life, in all its glory. In all its innocence. I'm not shocked by a naked body, even if it's a childs. We all have bodies, we all are nude from time to time. I remember running around naked in the house when I was a little kid, and secretly I still love to! But there's something in this shots that is dark. 

While typing this my boyfriend said: 'Scroll to that last picture again please.' .... 'O damn, I thought it was a sexy shot, but they're kids! That's creepy!'  
Says it all. 

But still. The darkness keeps on drawing my attention. And I'm not sure if I think it's wrong or right. The photographs are so beautiful! Controversial is the right word for this collection, and well, I have a thing for controversial things. Leaving someone so confused after seeing your work, that's an art form on itself!

What are your thoughts? 


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