What Remains: The Life and Work of Sally Mann (2006)





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Named "America's Best Photographer" in 2001 by none other than Time Magazine, Lexington-based photographer Sally Mann captures images that challenge both the values and moral attitudes of the viewer. It was 1992's "Immediate Family" series that first propelled Mann into the public eye - the enigmatic pictures of her three children striking a deep chord in art critics and aficionados. Now those children have all grown up, and filmmaker Steve Cantor turns his lens on the shutterbug who's used to being on the other side of the camera. In fact, Cantor has been documenting Mann's work since the early 1990s; his documentary short Blood Ties: The Life and Work of Sally Mann having played at the 1994 Sundance Film Festival. Here Cantor expands on many of the ideas only hinted at in that abbreviated profile of the artist. In addition to highlighting the controversy surrounding Mann's divisive body of work, Cantor expands his scope to focus more on her artistic output. From the southern landscapes that followed her original portraits to the photos of death and decay that dominated her later work, the filmmaker never shies away from uncomfortable details of the artist's personal and professional lives.
Documentary , Musical & Performing Arts , Special Interest
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Critic Reviews for What Remains: The Life and Work of Sally Mann

All Critics (2) | Top Critics (1)

Cantor's perspective can't really be trusted.

Full Review… | January 31, 2006
Top Critic

An interesting study on artistic purpose as well as life and death captured on film.

January 23, 2006
Film Threat

Audience Reviews for What Remains: The Life and Work of Sally Mann

Wow, what a spectacular woman Sally Mann is. She's very intelligent and immensely talented. I was first introduced to her work when I saw the series she did of her children. Amazing. The documentary chronicles her time creating her "Death Series," which is another thought-provoking feat. And her views toward death are surprisingly refreshing as well. Plus, where and how she lives resonates so much with me. She's an inspiration indeed.

Nicole in Wonderland
Nicole in Wonderland

Inspirational. The generous vulnerability with which Sally Mann shares her life and heart is so organic and genuine -- both in her art and in the interviews of this documentary. As a mother/artist trying to find balance in a world full of compartmentalization, I so appreciate Sally Mann's philosophy of art: "...unless you photograph what you love, you are not going to make good art...it's always been my philosophy to try to make art out of the everyday and ordinary--it never occurred to me to leave home to make art." The often-photographed children of this sometimes controversial artist are also interviewed, bearing testimony to the effects of such a unique upbringing. In one particular segment, a window into the torment that even an established, revered artist can experience in the face of rejection was opened and presented with gentle honesty, a robust--yet fragile--heart. Warning: Nudity

Rebekah S
Rebekah S

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