Photographs of landscapes signifying death and decay is the specialty of Sally Mann, an American photographer who was earlier known for photographing children in black and white. She was born in Virginia and in completed her studies at The Putney School. She attended Hollins University and earned Bachelor in Art degree in and a year later Masters degree in creative writing. She made her debut in photography at Putney with a photo of a nude class fellow.
Sally Mann’s “Proud Flesh” | Art21 Magazine
Sally Mann admits to being a little exasperated. It's exasperating in several ways: because the photographs in question — published in the book Immediate Family , in — made her famous for the wrong reasons; because critics exaggerated the intimacy of the photos at the expense of their artfulness; and because the American religious right accused her of pornography when her camera was capturing beauty and transience. There was no internet in those days. I'd never seen child pornography.
5 Most Important Themes in the Photography of Sally Mann
Ada Byron, later Ada King, the Countess of Lovelace, could never quite shake these tender, wistful lines penned by a father she never knew. They even trailed her into the afterlife, surfacing in many of her obituaries. The daughter of the first modern celebrity had become, through the poetry of her overexposed father, the first child star. Whatever reservations the British public had about Byron himself, about his infamous lifestyle or his overplayed lyrics, they forgave him this sentimental display of paternal feeling. In fact, they ate it up.
She was drawn to the so-called deviants, outsiders, marginalized people, glamorous transvestites, graceful giants, disturbed-looking children, circus performers and of course, twins and subjects with other birth eccentricities. Had she lived, Arbus would have been 89 years old today. Arbus was a curious case. Freaks were born with their trauma.