As I have mentioned in previous posts (see Mann: Keeping Inspired) and will likely mention in posts to come, I’m a big fan of Sally Mann. I love the rough quality of her work and at the same time the mystery of it. I particularly love her wet plate photography series like Deep South, and her newest series Proud Flesh.
Her latest series Proud Flesh is done in the same wet plate style, although unlike many wet plate photographers, Mann prefers her glass negative to be imperfect, as well as her camera for that matter. Proud Flesh is a series of portraits of her husband Larry, whom she has been married to for 40 years. The series not only reflects on the closeness and intimacy between Larry and Sally, but of the deterioration of Larry’s body from Muscular dystrophy. The result is a heart wrenching series, that is honest and intimate, and will bring tears to your eyes.
I highly recommend checking out the link below to NPR’s interview and a video of Sally Mann with her husband Larry. There is also a HBO documentary on Mann titled What Remains.