Sally Mann captures mortality, sexuality, and the rawness of life. She’s an artist who is not afraid to go into uncomfortable topics, facing them head on.
She is well known for black and white photography, whose subjects have included her children, her husband, and photographs of the South. Her pictures have appeared in museums such as the Museum of Modern Art and The Whitney Museum. In a New York Times Magazine April 2015 article that Mann wrote, she talked about the controversy concerning her photographing her children nude:
“When I stepped behind the camera and my kids stepped in front of it, I was a photographer and they were actors, and we were making a photograph together. And in a similar vein, many people mistook the photographs for reality or attributed qualities to my children (one letter-writer called them “mean”) based on the way they looked in the pictures. The fact is that these are not my children; they are figures on silvery paper slivered out of time.”
“It is similar to my own work in that when I photograph myself nude, I am making a clear difference between myself and the art. Nudity is a conduit for artistic expression, not for sexualization, per se. . . as people may think. It both invites free will, and demonstrates free will…something I feel strongly healthy for us all. It should not be censored.” – Natalie White
Let’s reclaim nudity as a form of artistic self-expression just as Mann did through photographing her children and her husband! Please feel free to convey your thoughts on the topic directly to me. Sincerely!