Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs (Compact Disc)

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What I liked most about Hold Still is that Sally Mann is refreshingly forthright, even provocative, but thoughtfully so, a combination that I didn’t realize I was missing. Mann eloquently portrays in words and pictures the complicated and nuanced history that her (our) family, her (our) South, her (our) country have evolved through. It sounds cliché to describe Hold Still’s exploration of the inextricability of opposing concepts: darkness and light, art and life, history and the present, but this memoir is so patently not cliché. It is simply very good.

— Sara, Atlanta

The acclaimed photographer focuses her attention on her family and their past. Her skill with the camera is matched with her use of language. She grew up in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia and moved back there with her husband after attending schools in New England and she skillfully expresses feelings about her southern roots unflinchingly. Her favorite photographic subjects have been her three children and the controversy that sprang from pictures of them playing naked in the river which runs through their land brought a notoriety that Mann still has. Her views on art, family, and heritage are discussed in a way that doesn’t dismiss her detractors but seeks a common point where we can all view these subjects in a humane and thoughtful way. The book is full of photographs, Mann’s and others’, and I’d love an afternoon in the shade by the river for her to explain her vision in each of them.

— Sydne, Atlanta


A revealing and beautifully written memoir and family history from acclaimed photographer Sally MannIn 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.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781478933175
ISBN-10: 1478933178
Publisher: Little Brown and Company
Publication Date: May 12th, 2015
Language: English