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Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs (Paperback)

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Hold Still is an unflinching look at Sally Mann’s life.  Not only that, though, Mann’s tale weaves through her family’s history to tell a rich, at times dark, recounting of several lives.  However, one expects no less from the photographer, whose most famous body of work is Immediate Family.  Throughout, Mann provides a brilliantly curated series of accompanying photographs, both hers and others’, as well as historical documents and even her childhood drawings.  Photography buffs and memoir enthusiasts alike won't want to miss this one. -Mariah's May Staff Pick, 2015

Why drink coffee on the subway with Patti Smith when you can ride horses naked in the country with Sally Mann?  This unorthodox artist’s memoir about a highly unorthodox artist’s life opens with accounts of Mann’s “nearly feral” childhood and moves easily into her career as one of the most important photographers of our time.  Tales of her own creative process, her family, the right’s attack on her work, are interwoven with knowledgeable and fascinating expositions on her beloved Lexington, Virginia complete with all its dark legacy as a slave state. There is literally nothing that Sally Mann cannot do or talk about.  This book is a great account by a woman who is fully in charge of her incredible life. -Kris' Top 10 Best of 2015

June 2015 Indie Next List

“Truth is indeed stranger than fiction. Mann's no-holds-barred memoir is absolutely stunning in its honesty. If you thought her photography was provocative and shocking, you are in for quite a ride with her life story. Filled with a multitude of fascinating characters and enhanced with a wealth of photographs, Hold Still promises to be a major sensation. Hold on to your hat - this is a page-turner!”
— Pamela Kinger-Horn (E), Excelsior Bay Books, Excelsior, MN


ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEARThe New York Times, Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, Vogue, NPR, Publishers Weekly, BookPage
A revealing and beautifully written memoir and family history from acclaimed photographer Sally Mann.
In this groundbreaking book, a unique interplay of narrative and image, Mann's preoccupation with family, race, mortality, and the storied landscape of the American South are revealed as almost genetically predetermined, written into her DNA by the family history that precedes her.
Sorting through boxes of family papers and yellowed photographs she finds more than she bargained for: "deceit and scandal, alcohol, domestic abuse, car crashes, bogeymen, clandestine affairs, dearly loved and disputed family land . . . racial complications, vast sums of money made and lost, the return of the prodigal son, and maybe even bloody murder."
In lyrical prose and startlingly revealing photographs, she crafts a totally original form of personal history that has the page-turning drama of a great novel but is firmly rooted in the fertile soil of her own life.

About the Author

Sally Mann (born in Lexington, Virginia, 1951) is one of America's most renowned photographers. She has received numerous awards, including NEA, NEH, and Guggenheim Foundation grants, and her work is held by major institutions internationally. Her many books include What Remains (2003), Deep South (2005), and the Aperture titles At Twelve (1988), Immediate Family (1992), Still Time (1994), Proud Flesh (2009), and The Flesh and the Spirit (2010). A feature film about her work, What Remains, debuted to critical acclaim in 2006. Mann is represented by Gagosian Gallery, New York. She lives in Virginia.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780316247757
ISBN-10: 0316247758
Publisher: Back Bay Books
Publication Date: April 26th, 2016
Pages: 496
Language: English