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What Reamins

 

 

I visited the Photographers gallery today to special catch the end of the sally Mann\’s exhibition The Family and the Land.

I was not familiar with MAnns work before hearing of the current exhibition in London. Reading up on Manns Photography realising what an unusual and interesting subject matter was used, i was excited to see these images outside of my computer screen.
Aware of the size of the main gallery space on the ground floor, this small exhibition set out a stark and beautiful introduction to me of Sally Manns work.

The small series consisted of a collection of extreme close ups of her children taken with antique cameras-using a wet plate process. The room itself dimply lit as to keep from damaging the delecate prints. I enjoyed seeing the photographs on such a large scale, so often i view photography through small scale jpegs constricted on my laptop screen. Although i was hoping to view some images from her Body farm series, i was intrigued by the imperfections and decay of the images on display. I guess that’s one of the obvious difference between commercial photography and that shown from a fine art prospective. The images of young infants with peeling and decaying edges (the wet plate process is i hear is a notoriously difficult media to conserve), conceptually worked well-youth and decay trapped inside the frame.

Upstairs i managed to watch a small part of Manns documentary following her as she works and lives next to said Body farm, at 80 mins long too long for me to sit all the way through.

Looking through the selected titles to correspond with the exhibition, i just feel in love with misty and dreamlike look that runs through all of her works. Too often i get bored looking through digital photography tweaked and manipulated beyond the original, that Mann’s work shows what technical skill and vision she has keeping old processes from dying out completely.

The exhibiton runs till the 19th of September which when the Photographers gallery moves to a new Location whilst current site is referbished.

Listning – Die so fluid

Reading- Lynch on Lynch

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