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What remains

June 21, 2012

Photographer Sally Mann has always courted controversy, her images of her family, which while aesthetically beautiful brought the wrong sort of attention from Christian America for their depictions of childhood innocence.  As Mann commented, she feels her intentions about the project were misunderstood.

A few years ago I was at the Sundance Film Festival and was fortunate enough to see the premiere of a documentary about Sally Mann called What Remains: The Life and work of Sally Mann, which documents Mann’s photographic exploration to find out what remains of the body after the spirit has gone.  In this interview with Charlie Rose, Mann talks openly about the project’s development.  What do you think?  Is she confronting death, the last taboo?  Is there poetry in death?  Or is it mere fetishisation?

You can find the documentary here.

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