Immediate Family

by Sally Mann

(Aperture, New York, 2005)


Originally published in 1990 by Aperture Foundation, the premiere publisher of photography books, Immediate Family has been called " of the great photography books of our time." (New Republic). Sally Mann photographed her three children nude on their rural property over the course of growing up, and they aren't just snapshots but stunning portraits of a healthy, naturist lifestyle. Casually criticized as exploitation by the parents, an interview of one of the children, now grown, documents that they were happy to pose and have no regrets. There is also a recent documentary on DVD What Remains showing the mother still photographing her now-grown children. Seeing these beautiful photographs is an inspiring experience.