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Photographs by Sally Mann in Bowdoin Exhibit

Story posted March 15, 1998


BRUNSWICK, Maine -- An exhibit of 60 photographs by photographer Sally Mann begins Thursday, April 2, from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. with a reception at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art. The reception and exhibit are open to the public free of charge.

The exhibit, which runs through May 31, includes 60 photographs taken by Mann between 1971-1996. It includes images from Mann's series "At Twelve: Portraits of Young Women" and "Immediate Family" as well as landscapes, still lifes, portraits, and large-scale landscapes, many of which are executed in platinum, Cibachrome or Polaroid. A printed catalogue accompanies the exhibition.

Mann's career in photographs began in 1969 at the Putney School in Vermont. She later earned bachelor's and master's degrees from Hollins College in Virginia. "At Twelve: Portraits of Young Women" is a collective portrait of girls on the verge of adulthood. The series was photographed in Rockbridge County, Va., where Mann grew up. "Immediate Family" documents the growth of Mann's children over seven years, beginning in 1984.

Sally Mann has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities and a Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship. Her work is displayed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The exhibit is funded in part by the Stevens L. Frost Endowment Fund and the George Otis Hamlin Fund.

There are two scheduled gallery talks in conjunction with the exhibit. On Wednesday, April 8, at 4 p.m., Jocelyn Lee, assistant professor of photography at the Maine College of Art, will present "An Interpretation of Sally Mann's Creative Process." On Wednesday, April 15, at 4 p.m., Susan Tananbaum, associate professor of history at Bowdoin, will present "The Creation of the 'Ideal' Family: From the Victorians to Sally Mann."

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