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At Twelve: Portraits of Young Women

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At Twelve is a composite portrait that is both universal and intimately personal. As Ann Beattie writes in her perceptive introduction, "These girls still exist in an innocent world in which a pose is only a pose--what adults make of that pose may be the issue." Sally Mann's work is in the collections of major museums across the country. "Haunting black-and-white studies o ...more
Paperback, 56 pages
Published June 15th 2005 by Aperture (first published May 1st 1988)
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In one of my Tarot books they describe Sally Mann as the Queen of Swords. Queen of Swords has a notoriously bad rap as the Ice Queen, someone who is removed from the garden of earthly delights and blood and guts and fucking and everything else we love as mammals. The justification was something like ; Sally Mann is an artist first, before anything or anyone else. And so when she takes pictures of things she loves, like her children, she must remove herself, and function only as the artist, and n ...more
Esther Hong
Apr 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: research, non-fiction
Have been attracted to her photographs right from the beginning, that's why I'm analysing one of them for my essay. A thoughtful read and very useful for my essay. Shit, can't stop thinking about my essay.
Jun 25, 2007 rated it liked it
The pictures are gorgeously shot but seem somewhat staged, forcing the subject to become what she wants-- for instance, cropping the cover photo to focus on the girl's crotch. She captures what she set out for, her thesis--the dangerous sexuality and gritty beauty of 12 year old girls.
Digi Munoz
Jan 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Interesting to see these children, some accepting or craving adulthood, some held back by their parents and others perhaps too early are women already.

Her framing is original, and the tone of the photos at times is dark with a low depth of field.

It’s a great book.
Ruby Birns
Jun 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was what inspired me to work in Photography. It was a birthday gift from my Mother for my 12th birthday, and I wore it ragged and threadbare looking at the photos and reading her essays over and over. Sally Mann is an inspiration.
Emily Patterson
Apr 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Haunting, heartbreaking, masterful, beautiful.
Jun 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I'm not really reviewing the reading of the text here, although I was glad to have the added story to the photos here. Sally Mann continues to be one of my favourite photographers.
Lee Farris
Oct 10, 2013 rated it liked it
Although the photos were beautiful and definitely evocative, I was a little put off since they looked more staged than I had expected based on the book's description.
Nov 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Often painful, usually provocative-Sally Mann's photos can often move me to tears.
Apr 03, 2007 rated it really liked it
The photographer is actually Sally Mann. Her work is amazing. I love every book I've managed to get my hands on.
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Sally Mann is an American photographer, best known for her large black-and-white photographs.

• National Endowment for the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship: 1982, 1988, & 1992.
• John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, 1987.
• Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from the Corcoran College of Art and Design, 2006.
• Honorary Fellowship of The Royal Photographic Society, 2012.
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