For decades, Sally Mann has continually circled back to subjects close at hand – herself, her husband, her children, her animals, her farm, and her Southern Heritage. With unexpected perceptions and varying choices of craft, she has made images both distinctive and memorable, and occasionally controversial. “Living Memory” refers to her capacity to photograph her present life wile remembering and acknowledging her won and various other historial pasts. She explains this coexistence as being peculiar to her permanent roots in Virginia. ‘To identify a person as a Southerner,’ she once wrote, ‘is always to suggest not only that her history is inescapable and profoundly formative but also that it is paralyzingly present. Southerners live at the nexus between myth and reality where the peculiar amalgam of sorrow, humility, honor, loyalty, graciousness and renegade defiance plays out against a backdrop of profligate physical beauty.’ – David Levi Strauss

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~ by crossmd on September 8, 2011.

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