Mann in 2007
Sally Turner Munger
May 1, 1951
Lexington, Virginia, United States
|Alma mater||Hollins College (BA, MA)|
|Awards||• National Endowment for the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship: 1982, 1988, & 1992.|
• John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, 1987.
• Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from the Corcoran College of Art and Design, 2006.
• Honorary Fellowship of The Royal Photographic Society, 2012
Sally Mann HonFRPS (born May 1, 1951) is an American photographer, widely known for her large-format, black-and-white photographs—at first of her young children, then later of landscapes suggesting decay and death.
Early life and education
Born in Lexington, Virginia, Mann was the third of three children. Her father, Robert S. Munger, was a general practitioner, and her mother, Elizabeth Evans Munger, ran the bookstore at Washington and Lee University in Lexington. Mann was raised by an atheist and compassionate father who allowed Mann to be "benignly neglected". Mann was introduced to photography by her father, who encouraged her interest in photography; his 5x7 camera became the basis of her use of large format cameras today. Mann began to photograph when she was sixteen. Most of her photographs and writings are tied to Lexington, Virginia. Mann graduated from The Putney School in 1969, and attended Bennington College and Friends World College. She earned a BA, summa cum laude, from Hollins College (now Hollins University) in 1974 and a MA in creative writing in 1975. She took up photography at Putney where, she claims, her motive was to be alone in the darkroom with her boyfriend. She made her photographic debut at Putney with an image of a nude classmate. Mann has never had any formal training in photography and she "never read[s] about photography".
After graduation from Hollins College, Mann worked as a photographer at Washington and Lee University. In the mid-1970s she photographed the construction of its new law school building, the Lewis Hall (now the Sydney Lewis Hall), leading to her first solo exhibition in late 1977 at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC The Corcoran Gallery of Art published a catalogue of Mann's images titled "The Lewis Law Portfolio". Some of those surrealistic images were also included as part of her first book, Second Sight, published in 1984. While Mann explored a variety of genres as she was maturing in the 1970s, she truly found her trade with her book, At Twelve: Portraits of Young Women (Aperture, 1988).
In 1995, she was featured in an issue of "Aperture". On Location with: Henri Cartier-Bresson, Graciela Iturbide, Barbara Kruger, Sally Mann, Andres Serrano, Clarissa Sligh" which was illustrated with photographs.
At Twelve: Portraits of Young Women
Her second collection, At Twelve: Portraits of Young Women, published in 1988, stimulated minor controversy. The images "captured the confusing emotions and developing identities of adolescent girls [and the] expressive printing style lent a dramatic and brooding mood to all of her images". In the preface to the book, Ann Beattie says "when a girl is twelve years old, she often wants – or says she wants – less involvement with adults. […] [it is] a time in which the girls yearn for freedom and adults feel their own grip on things becoming a little tenuous, as they realize that they have to let their children go." Beattie says that Mann's photographs don't "glamorize the world, but they don't make it into something more unpleasant than it is, either". The girls photographed in this series are shown "vulnerable in their youthfulness" but Mann instead focuses on the strength that the girls possess.
In one image from the book (shown to the right), Mann says that the young girl was extremely reluctant to stand closer to her mother's boyfriend. Mann said that she thought it was strange because "it was their peculiar familiarity that had provoked this photograph in the first place". Mann didn't want to crop out the girl's elbow but the girl refused to move in closer. According to Mann, the girl's mother shot her boyfriend in the face with a .22 several months later. In court the mother "testified that while she worked nights at a local truck stop he was ‘at home partying and harassing my daughter.’" Mann said "the child put it to me somewhat more directly". Mann says that she now looks at this photograph with "a jaggy chill of realization".
Immediate Family and controversy
Mann is widely known for Immediate Family, her third collection, first exhibited in 1990 by Edwynn Houk Gallery in Chicago and published as a monograph in 1992. The New York Times Magazine used a picture of her three children on the cover of its September 27, 1992 issue with a feature article on her "disturbing work". In it Richard B. Woodward wrote that "Probably no photographer in history has enjoyed such a burst of success in the art world". Immediate Family 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.
One of her detractors, Pat Robertson of the Christian Broadcasting Network, has said that "selling photographs of children in their nakedness for profit is an exploitation of the parental role and I think it's wrong". He views such work as a violation of the responsibility of parents to do everything in their power to protect, shelter, and nurture their children. More negative criticism came from Raymond Sokolov's article Critique: Censoring Virginia in the Wall Street Journal. He questioned whether children should be photographed nude and whether federal funds should be appropriated for such artworks. Accompanying his article was a modified image by Mann of her daughter Virginia (Virginia at 4), in which her eyes, nipples, and pubic region were now covered with black bars. Mann said he used the image without permission "to illustrate that this is the kind of thing that shouldn't be shown". Mann claimed that after Virginia saw the article, she started touching herself on the areas that were blacked out, saying, "what's wrong with me?" Mann responded to the criticisms saying she did not plan the photographs and that when she was young, she was often nude, so she raised her children similarly.
Many of her other photographs containing her nude or hurt children caused controversy. For example, in The Perfect Tomato, the viewer sees a nude Jessie, posing on a picnic table outside, bathed in light. Jessie told Steven Cantor during the filming of one of his movies that she had just been playing around and her mother told her to freeze, and she tried to capture the image in a rush because the sun was setting. This explains why everything is blurred except for the tomato, hence the photograph's title. This image was likely criticized for Jessie's nudity and presentation of the adolescent female form. While Jessie was aware of this photograph, Dana Cox, in her essay, said that the Mann children were probably unaware of the other photographs being taken as Mann's children were often naked because "it came natural to them". This habit of nudity is a family thing because Mann says she used to walk around her house naked when she was growing up. Cox states that "the own artist's childhood is reflected in the way she captures moments in her children's lives". One image that deals more with another aspect of childhood besides "naked play", Jessie's Cut, shows Jessie's head, wrapped in what appears to be plastic, with blood running down the side of her face from the cut above her left eye. The cut is stitched and the blood is dry and stains her skin. As painful as the image looks, there are a great number of viewers who could relate to Jessie when they think about the broken bones and stitched up cuts they had during childhood.
Mann herself considered these photographs to be "natural through the eyes of a mother, since she has seen her children in every state: happy, sad, playful, sick, bloodied, angry and even naked”. Critics agreed, saying her "vision in large measure [is] accurate, and a welcome corrective to familiar notions of youth as a time of unalloyed sweetness and innocence", and that the book "created a place that looked like Eden, then cast upon it the subdued and shifting light of nostalgia, sexuality and death". When Time magazine named her "America's Best Photographer" in 2001, it wrote:
Mann recorded a combination of spontaneous and carefully arranged moments of childhood repose and revealingly — sometimes unnervingly — imaginative play. What the outraged critics of her child nudes failed to grant was the patent devotion involved throughout the project and the delighted complicity of her son and daughters in so many of the solemn or playful events. No other collection of family photographs is remotely like it, in both its naked candor and the fervor of its maternal curiosity and care.
Despite the controversy, Mann was never charged with the taking or selling of child pornography, even though, according to Edward de Grazia, law professor and civil liberties expert, "any federal prosecutor anywhere in the country could bring a case against [Mann] in Virginia, and not only seize her photos, her equipment, her Rolodexes, but also seize her children for psychiatric and physical examination". Before she published Immediate Family, she consulted a Virginian federal prosecutor who told her that some of the images she was exhibiting could have her arrested. In 1991, she initially decided to postpone the publication of the book. In an interview with New York Times reporter, Richard Woodward, she said "I thought the book could wait 10 years, when the kids won't be living in the same bodies. They’ll have matured and they’ll understand the implications of the pictures. I unilaterally decided." The children apparently did not like this decision and Mann and her husband arranged for Emmett and Jessie to talk to a psychologist to be sure their feelings were honest, and so that they understood what the publication would do. Each child was then allowed to vote on which photographs were to be put in the book.
To further protect the children from "teasing", Mann told Woodward that she wanted to keep copies of Immediate Family out of their home town of Lexington. She asked bookstores in the area not to sell it and for libraries to keep it in their rare-book rooms. Dr. Aaron Esman, a child psychiatrist at the Payne Whitney Clinic believes that Mann is serious about her work and that she has "no intention to jeopardize her children or use them for pornographic images". He says that the nude photographs don't appear to be erotically stimulating to anyone but a "case-hardened pedophile or a rather dogmatic religious fundamentalist". Mann stated, "I didn't expect the controversy over the pictures of my children. I was just a mother photographing her children as they were growing up. I was exploring different subjects with them."
Her fourth book, Still Time, published in 1994, was based on the catalogue of a traveling exhibition that included more than 20 years of her photography. The 60 images included more photographs of her children, but also earlier landscapes with color and abstract photographs.
In the mid-1990s, Mann began photographing landscapes on wet plate collodion 8x10 inch glass negatives, and used the same 100-year-old 8x10 format bellows view camera that she had used for all the previous bodies of work. These landscapes were first seen in Still Time, and later featured in two shows presented by the Edwynn Houk Gallery in NYC: Sally Mann – Mother Land: Recent Landscapes of Georgia and Virginia in 1997, and then in Deep South: Landscapes of Louisiana and Mississippi in 1999. Many of these large (40"x50") black-and-white and manipulated prints were taken using the 19th century “wet plate” process, or collodion, in which glass plates are coated with collodion, dipped in silver nitrate, and exposed while still wet. This gave the photographs what the New York Times called "a swirling, ethereal image with a center of preternatural clarity", and showed many flaws and artifacts, some from the process and some introduced by Mann.
Mann has been the subject of two film documentaries. The first, Blood Ties, directed by Steve Cantor and Peter Spirer, debuted at the 1994 Sundance Film Festival, and was nominated for an Academy Award as Best Documentary Short. The second, What Remains: The Life and Work of Sally Mann (2005) was also directed by Steve Cantor. It premiered at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for an Emmy for Best Documentary in 2008. In her New York Times review of the film, Ginia Bellafante wrote, "It is one of the most exquisitely intimate portraits not only of an artist's process, but also of a marriage and a life, to appear on television in recent memory."
Mann uses antique view cameras from the early 1890s. These cameras have wooden frames, accordion-like bellows and long lenses made out of brass, now held together by tape that has mold growing inside. This sort of camera, when used with vintage lenses, softens the light, which makes the pictures timeless.
A self-portrait (which also included her two daughters) was featured on the September 9, 2001 cover of The New York Times Magazine, for a theme issue on "Women Looking at Women".
Mann's fifth book, What Remains, published in 2003, is based on the show of the same name at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, DC. The book is broken up into four sections: Matter Lent, December 8, 2000, Antietam, and What Remains. The first section contains photographs of the remains of Eva, her greyhound, after decomposition, along with the photographs of dead and decomposing bodies at a federal forensic anthropology facility (known as the ‘body farm’). The second part details the site on her property where an armed escaped convict was killed in a shootout with police. The third part is a study of the grounds of Antietam, the site of the bloodiest single day battle in American history during the Civil War. The fourth part is a study of close-up faces of her children. Thus, this study of mortality, decay and death ends with hope and love.
Mann's sixth book, Deep South, published in 2005, with 65 black-and-white images, includes landscapes taken from 1992 to 2004 using both conventional 8x10 film and wet plate collodion. These photographs have been described as "haunted landscapes of the south, battlefields, decaying mansion, kudzu shrouded landscapes and the site where Emmett Till was murdered". Newsweek picked it as their book choice for the holiday season, saying that Mann "walks right up to every Southern stereotype in the book and subtly demolishes each in its turn by creating indelibly disturbing images that hover somewhere between document and dream".
Mann's seventh book, Proud Flesh, published in 2009, is a study taken over six years of the effects of muscular dystrophy on her husband Larry Mann. Mann photographed her husband using the collodion wet plate process As she notes, "The results of this rare reversal of photographic roles are candid, extraordinarily wrenching and touchingly frank portraits of a man at his most vulnerable moment." The project was displayed in Gagosian Gallery in October 2009.
Mann's eighth book, The Flesh and The Spirit, published in 2010, was released in conjunction with a comprehensive show at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, Virginia. Regarding this exhibition, the museum director stated, "She follows her own voice. Her pictures are imbued with an amazing degree of soul." Though not strictly a retrospective, this 200-page book included new and recent work (unpublished self-portraits, landscapes, images of her husband, her children's faces, and of the dead at a forensic institute) as well as early works (unpublished color photographs of her children in the 1990s, color Polaroids, and platinum prints from the 1970s). Its unifying theme is the body, with its vagaries of illnesses and death, and includes essays by John Ravenal, David Levi Strauss, and Anne Wilkes Tucker.
In May 2011 she delivered the three-day Massey Lecture Series at Harvard, on the topic of how her extended family influenced her work. Her memoir Hold Still arose as a companion to the lecture. In June 2011, Mann sat down with one of her contemporaries, Nan Goldin, at Look3 Charlottesville Festival of the Photograph. The two photographers discussed their respective careers, particularly the ways in which photographing personal lives became a source of professional controversy. This was followed by an appearance at the University of Michigan as part of the Penny W. Stamps lecture series.
Mann's ninth book, Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs, released May 12, 2015, is a melding of a memoir of her youth, an examination of some major influences of her life, and reflections on how photography shapes one's view of the world. It is augmented with numerous photographs, letters, and other memorabilia. She singles out her "near-feral" childhood and her subsequent introduction to photography at Putney, her relationship to her husband of 40 years and his parent's mysterious death, and her maternal Welsh relative's nostalgia for land morphing into her love for her land in the Shenandoah Valley, as some of her important influences. Gee-Gee, a black woman who was a surrogate parent, who opened Mann's eyes to race relations and exploitation, her relationship with local artist Cy Twombly, and her father's genteel southern legacy and his eventual death are also examined. She ponders the relationship Robert S. Munger, her great-grandfather and southern industrialist, had with his workers. The New York Times described it as "an instant classic among Southern memoirs of the last 50 years". An article by Mann adapted from this book appeared with photographs in The New York Times Magazine in April 2015. Hold Still was a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award.
Mann's tenth book, Remembered Light: Cy Twombly in Lexington was published in 2016. It is an insider's photographic view of Cy Twombly's studio in Lexington. It was published concurrently with an exhibit of color and black-and-white photographs at the Gagosian Gallery. It shows the overflow of Twombly's general modus operandi: the leftovers, smears, and stains, or, as Simon Schama said in his essay at the start of the book, "an absence turned into a presence".
Mann's eleventh book, Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings, authored by Sarah Greenough and Sarah Kennel, is a large (320 pages) compendium of works spanning 40 years, with 230 photographs by Mann. It served as a catalog for an exhibit at the National Gallery of Art entitled Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings which opened March 4, 2018 and was the first major survey of the artist's work to travel internationally.[where?]
In her recent projects, Mann has started exploring the issues of race and legacy of slavery that were a central theme of her memoir Hold Still. They include a series of portraits of black men, all made during one-hour sessions in the studio with models not previously known to her. Mann was inspired by Bill T. Jones' use of the Walt Whitman 1856 poem "Poem of the Body" in his art, and Mann "borrowed the idea, using the poem as a template for [her] own exploration". Several pictures from this body of work were highlighted in Aperture Foundation magazine in the summer of 2016. and they also appeared in A Thousand Crossings. This book and exhibit also introduced a series of photographs of African American historic churches photographed on expired film, and a series of tintype photographs of a swamp that served as refuge for escaped slaves. Some critics see in Mann's work a deep working through of the legacy of white violence in the South, while others have voiced concern that Mann's work at times repeats rather than critiques tropes of white domination and violence in the American southeast.
Mann, born and raised in Virginia, is the daughter of Robert Munger and Elizabeth Munger. In Mann's introduction for her book Immediate Family, she "expresses stronger memories for the black woman, Virginia Carter, who oversaw her upbringing than for her own mother". Elizabeth Munger was not a big part of Mann's life, and Elizabeth said "Sally may look like me, but inside she's her father's child." Virginia (Gee-Gee) Carter, born in 1894, raised Mann and her two brothers and was an admirable woman. "Left with six children and a public education system for which she paid taxes but which forbade classes for black children beyond the seventh grade, Gee-Gee managed somehow to send each of them to out-of-state boarding schools and, ultimately, to college." Virginia Carter died in 1994.
In 1969 Sally met Larry Mann, and in 1970 they married. Larry Mann is an attorney and, before practicing law, he was a blacksmith. Larry was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy around 1996. They live together in their home which they built on Sally's family's farm in Lexington, Virginia.
They have three children together: Emmett (born 1979), who took his own life in 2016, after a life-threatening car collision and a subsequent battle with schizophrenia, and who for a time served in the Peace Corps; Jessie (born 1981), who herself is an artist; and Virginia (born 1985), a lawyer.
She is passionate about endurance horse racing. In 2006, her Arabian horse ruptured an aneurysm while she was riding him. In the horse's death throes, Mann was thrown to the ground, the horse rolled over her, and the impact broke her back. It took her two years to recover from the accident and during this time, she made a series of ambrotype self-portraits. These self-portraits were on view for the first time in November 2010 at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts as a part of Sally Mann: the Flesh and the Spirit.
- Mann, Sally (1983). Second Sight: The Photographs of Sally Mann. ISBN 978-0-87923-471-3.
- At Twelve: Portraits of Young Women. Aperture, New York, 1988. ISBN 978-0-89381-296-6
- Immediate Family. Aperture, New York, 1992. ISBN 978-0-89381-518-9
- Still Time. Aperture, New York, 1994. ISBN 978-0-89381-593-6
- Mann, Sally (2003). What Remains. Bulfinch Press. ISBN 978-0-8212-2843-2.
- Mann, Sally (2005). Deep South. Bulfinch. ISBN 978-0-8212-2876-0.
- Sally Mann (2005), 21st Editions, South Dennis, MA (edition of 110)
- Sally Mann: Proud Flesh. Aperture Press; Gagosian Gallery, New York City, NY, 2009. ISBN 978-1-59711-135-5
- John B. Ravenal; David Levi Strauss; Sally Mann; Anne Wilkes Tucker (2010). Sally Mann: The Flesh and the Spirit. Aperture. ISBN 978-1-59711-162-1.
- Southern Landscape (2013), 21st Editions, South Dennis, MA (edition of 58)
- Mann, Sally (2015). Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs. Little, Brown. ISBN 978-0-316-24776-4.
- Mann, Sally (2016). Remembered Light: Cy Twombly in Lexington. Abrams. ISBN 978-1-4197-2272-1.
- Mann, Sally (2018). Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings. Abrams Books. ISBN 978-1419729034.
- The Lewis Law Portfolio, at Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC, 1977
- Sweet Silent Thought, at the North Carolina Center for Creative Photography, Durham, NC, 1987
- Still Time, at the Alleghany Highland Arts and Crafts Center, Clifton Forge, VA, 1988
- Mother Land, at the Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York City, NY, 1997
- Sally Mann, at the Gagosian Gallery, New York City, NY, 2006
- Sally Mann: Deep South/Battlefields, at the Kulturhuset, Stockholm, Sweden, 2007
- Corcoran Gallery of Art (1996). Hospice: A Photographic Inquiry : [exhibition Tour, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, March 9 – May 5, 1996...] Bulfinch Press. ISBN 978-0-8212-2260-7.
- Andy Grundberg; Corcoran Gallery of Art (2001). In Response to Place: William Christenberry, Lynn Davis ... Photographs from the Nature Conservancy's Last Green Places. ISBN 978-0-8212-2741-1.
- Ferdinand Protzman, Landscape: Photographs of time and Place. National Geographic, 2003. ISBN 978-0-7922-6166-7
- R. H. Cravens, Photography Past/Forward: Aperture at 50. Aperture Press, 2005. ISBN 978-1-931788-37-3
- Aperture Foundation, Incorporated (1996). Everything that lives, eats. Aperture. ISBN 978-0-89381-686-5.
Film and television
- Blood Ties: The Life and Work of Sally Mann. Directed by Steven Cantor and Peter Spirer. Moving Target Productions. 30 minutes, color, DVD. Nomination for an Academy Award for Best Documentary: Short Subject (1992)
- "Giving Up the Ghost". Egg, The Arts Show. Produced by Thirteen/WNET, New York. “Place”. Episode One. Art 21- Directed by Catherine Tatge, Art in the Twenty-First Century, PBS Broadcasting, Virginia. 14 minutes. Color. DVD. (2002)
- What Remains: The Life and Work of Sally Mann. Directed by Steven Cantor. Zeitgeist Films, New York. 80 minutes, color, DVD. (2004). Winner of Best Documentary. Jacksonville Film Festival. Won Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary Film. Nantucket Film Festival Won Best Storytelling in Documentary Film. Nantucket Film Festival Official Selection. Sundance Film Festival New York Loves Film Documentary Award. Tribeca Film Festival. (2006)
- "Some Things Are Private". Playwrights Deborah Salem Smith, Laura Kepley. Trinity Repertory Theatre, Dowling Theater. Providence, RI. (2008)
- "The Genius of Photography: We Are Family". Episode 6. BBC Four Productions, Wall to Wall Media Ltd. (2008)
- "Thalia Book Club: Sally Mann Hold Still". Ann Patchett, Symphony Space (May 13, 2015)
- 2001: Time magazine named Mann "America's Best Photographer"
- 2006: Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from the Corcoran College of Art + Design.
- 2012: Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Photographic Society (UK)
- 2016: Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction for Hold Still: A Memoir in Photographs.
- 2020: Centenary Medal, Royal Photographic Society, Bristol, UK
Mann's work is held in the following permanent collections:
- Metropolitan Museum of Art
- National Gallery of Art
- Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
- Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
- San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
- Whitney Museum, New York City: 12 prints (as of October 2020)
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- "Honorary Fellowships". Royal Photographic Society. Retrieved September 7, 2012.
- "Sally Mann". Art21. PBS. Archived from the original on March 6, 2014. Retrieved December 13, 2014.
- Mann, Sally (1977). Sally Mann: The Lewis Law Portfolio. Washington DC: Corcoran Gallery of Art.
- PBS PBS art:21 – Art in the 21st Century
- Richard B. Woodward, "The Disturbing Photography of Sally Mann". ‘’The New York Times Magazine’’ cover story, September 27, 1992, page 29. The Disturbing Photography of Sally Mann – New York Times
- "Sally Mann: By the Book". The New York Times. June 25, 2015. Retrieved June 28, 2015.
- Archives / Corcoran Gallery of Art
- "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on March 14, 2017. Retrieved March 11, 2017.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- Mann, Sally. "Sally Mann" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on February 19, 2015. Retrieved December 12, 2014.
- Harris, Melissa (1995). On location with: Henri Cartier-Bresson, Graciela Iturbide, Barbara Kruger, Sally Mann, Andres Serrano, Clarissa Sligh. New York: Aperture. ISBN 978-0893816094.
- "Museum of Contemporary Photography". mocp.org.
- Mann, Sally (1988). At Twelve: Portraits of Young Women. Aperture Foundation, Inc. pp. 7–8.
- Mann, Sally (1988). At Twelve: Portraits of Young Women. Aperture Foundation, Inc. p. 11.
- Mann, Sally (1988). At Twelve: Portraits of Young Women. Aperture Foundation, Inc. p. 50.
- "Sally Mann: What Remains". corcoran.org. Archived from the original on May 10, 2013. Retrieved May 3, 2013.
- Mann, Sally. "Sally Mann CV" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on February 12, 2015. Retrieved February 12, 2015.
- "Photo Book Challenged as Indecent", ‘’The Post-Tribune’’ (Merrillville IN), December 18, 1997.
- "Sally Mann's photographs lead to request for police investigation" Helsingin Sanomat, Helsinki, Finland Helsingin Sanomat – International Edition – Culture Archived May 4, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
- Cantor, Steven (1993). Blood Ties: The Life and Work of Sally Mann. New York: Stick Figure Productions.
- ’’The Wall Street Journal’’, February 6, 1991. “Critique: Censoring Virginia”, by Ray Sokolov, p A10.
- Cox, Dana. "Sally Mann". American Suburb X.
- Photographers and photography. "Sally Mann: Mother and American Photographer" Archived February 22, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
- Charles Hagen, "Review/Art; Childhood Without Sweetness". The New York Times, June 5, 1992. Review/Art; Childhood Without Sweetness – New York Times
- Lyle Rexer, "Art/Architecture; Marriage Under Glass: Intimate Exposures”, ‘’The New York Times, November 10, 2000. ART/ARCHITECTURE – Marriage Under Glass – Intimate Exposures – NYTimes.com
- Price, Reynolds (July 9, 2001). "Photographer: Sally Mann". Time.
- Luc Sante, Luc Sante on Photography: The Nude and the Naked. The New Republic, May 1, 1995, p 30.
- Cantor, Steven (2005). What Remains: The Life and Work of Sally Mann. New York: Zeitgeist Films.
- Woodward, Richard (September 27, 1992). "The Disturbing Photographs of Sally Mann". New York Times Magazine: 32.
- Proctor, Roy. "VMFA show gives Mann chance to transcend controversy". Gagosian Gallery. Retrieved December 12, 2014.
- Lyle Rexer, "Art/Architecture: Marriage Under Glass: Intimate Exposures", The New York Times, November 19, 2000.
- Steven Cantor (Director) (1994). Blood Ties (Motion picture).
- Steven Cantor (Director) (2005). What Remains (Motion picture).
- Ginia Bellafante,What Remains: The Life and Works of Sally Mann", The New York Times, January 31, 2007. 
- Mann, Sally. "Making Art Out Of Bodies: Sally Mann Reflects On Life And Photography". NPR. Retrieved March 11, 2017.
- Malcolm Jones, "Love, Death, Light", Newsweek, September 8, 2003. Archived November 9, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
- Mann, Sally (2003). What Remains (1. ed.). Boston, MA: Bulfinch Press. ISBN 0-8212-2843-9.
- Malcolm Jones, "Look Books", Newsweek, November 25, 2005[dead link]
- "Sally Mann: The Flesh And The Spirit". Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Archived from the original on November 23, 2010. Retrieved November 11, 2010.
- "If Memory Serves – Sally Mann, photographer". The William E. Massey Sr., 2011 Lecture in the History of American Civilization. Harvard's Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on November 23, 2012. Retrieved November 3, 2012.
- Kennedy, Randy (May 13, 2015). "Sally Mann on Her History, Frame by Frame". The New York Times. Retrieved October 9, 2018.
- "LIVE from Nan Goldin's INsight conversation". LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph. Archived from the original on June 23, 2011.
- "Penny W. Stamps speaker series – September 20, 2012". Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design. Retrieved November 3, 2012.
- Garner, Dwight (May 5, 2015). "Review: 'Hold Still,' Sally Mann's Memoir, Reveals a Photographer's Rich Life". The New York Times.
- Sally Mann."Exposure", The New York Times Magazine, April 19, 2015.
- "2015 National Book Awards". nationalbook.org.
- Mann, Sally (2016). Remembered Light: Cy Twombly in Lexington. Abrams. p. 7.
- Mann, Sally (2015). Hold Still. Little and Brown.
- Stauffer, John (Summer 2016). "Sally Mann". Aperture (223): 88–95. Retrieved July 27, 2017.
- Raymond, Claire (2017). Women photographers and feminist aesthetics. Routledge. ISBN 9781138644281. OCLC 988890552.
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- NPR, "From Lens To Photo: Sally Mann Captures Her Love" "All Things Considered", February 17, 2011.
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- "Honorary Fellowships (HonFRPS)". Royal Photographic Society. Retrieved March 8, 2017.
- ""The Sympathizer", "Hold Still", receive 2016 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction" (Press release). Boston: American Library Association. PR Newswire. January 10, 2016. Retrieved January 17, 2016.
- "RPS Awards 2020". Royal Photographic Society. Retrieved October 23, 2020.
- "Search". The Metropolitan Museum of Art, i.e. The Met Museum.
- "Global Site Search Page". nga.gov.
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- Sally Mann at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Archived June 3, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
- "Sally Mann". whitney.org. Retrieved October 23, 2020.
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- Official website
- The main works of Mann
- Biography, interviews, essays, artwork images and video clips from PBS series Art:21 - Art in the 21st Century, Season One (2001).
- TV interview with Charlie Rose in 2016
- 21st Photography Platinum Series by Sally Mann, a Lucie Award Winner in 2005
- Sally Mann Exhibition at Gagosian Gallery
- Works by or about Sally Mann in libraries (WorldCat catalog)