Sally Mann has photographed portraits and landscapes in the American South since the 1970s. She pulls from a wide range of subjects, although her best known works feature her young children and her husband. She documented not only their ordinary lives, but also their intimate, naked moments — giving the familial pictures a sexual charge. Recently, Mann has turned her camera toward darker subjects such as suicide, decay and death, both in the natural world and in human life.
In 2001, Time Magazine nominated Mann as the "Photographer of the Year," a distinction that makes sense given the beauty and power of Mann's black and white photographs.