Immediate Family was simultaneously criticized and acclaimed by the art world in 1992 when her family pictures were first shown. The series depicts Mann’s three children at play in an idyllic Southern romp under the Virginia sun. Set within the confines of a jaded garden‚ “a haunted landscape that reveals both past and present, corruption and innocence, life and death‚” the Mann family story is set aflame at the crossroads of fiction and fantasy.
Responsible for a renewed interest in the 8×10 large format camera, antique processes, and staged photographs yielding an unbridled sense of intimacy, Sally Mann’s artistic shadow looms large in the imaginations of a younger generation of artists. This new exhibition stands as an opportunity to reevaluate Immediate Family, and the artist’s accomplishment.