At the Photographers Gallery, 16-18 Ramillies Street, London 18th June – 19th September

July 21st, 2010 by admin

An exhibition by Sally Mann (b. 1951) is sure to provide interest and sometimes controversy.

Immediate Family (1984-1994) is the title of the book of pictures which caused a storm some years ago, when she was accused of exploiting her children by photographing them so extensively.

The pictures seem to me to be intimate in the best possible way, loving pictures of family life, brought together to show her three children growing up in the Southern USA in a rural part of Virginia.

Her newer work with landscape using ancient cameras and older methods is fascinating to someone brought up on 35mm film, and now digital imaging.

The richness and definition of the details is fantastic, but the errors involved in handling these difficult antique cameras and processes also provide an insight into how hard some of they were to accomplish.

What remains is a theme about legacy and what do we really leave behind us at the end of life. In studying this she has photographed decomposing bodies, an unusual and sometimes disturbing topic.

My favourite picture – Candy Cigarette

If you are interested in the technical aspects of photography go and have a look.

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