Sally Mann

(b. 1951)

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(1951– )

American photographer, born in Lexington, where she still lives and works. In 1984 she embarked on a series of photographs entitled Immediate Family. These dealt intimately with the lives of her three children in ways that have aroused considerable controversy about the sexualization of childhood. For instance Popsicle Drips shows her son's naked torso with splashes which could easily be bodily fluids. Only the title confirms the innocuous truth. Jessie at Five in pose and accessories can be regarded as having an inappropriate level of sexual provocation. Anne Higonnet has argued that these works confound the romantic notions of childhood innocence.

Further Reading

A. Higonnet, Pictures of Innocence (1998)

Subjects: Art.

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