AR115I Park University Sally Mann Discussion Questions

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Find Sally Mann and read her biography. Other links will lead you to slideshows and interviews with the artist. Then watch the video clips before answering the following discussion questions:

What do you think about the ways in which Mann has used her children in her work? (Consider photographic technique, lighting, framing, focus, meaning, and/or ethics...)

How/why are Mann’s photographs of her children different from typical family photo albums? (Consider photographic technique, lighting, framing, focus, meaning, and/or ethics...)

Supplemental sources:

Smithsonian Magazine article to an external site.

NY Times article

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School: Boston College


Surname 1

Name of student
Professor’s name
Course title
Sally Mann
I think Sally Mann uses her children in most of her work because she aims at capturing
the fragility of life. She documents family life in its most raw unfiltered form. From her work, it
is possible to see that she is drawn to the dark side of childhood instead of the more pristine and
socially acceptable version. She, for instance, considers her first good picture to be one of her
daughter Jessie swollen f...

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