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Sally Mann
Deep South
Bulfinch 2005

"Using old, damaged lenses on an 8-by-10 view camera, Mann admits light leaks, imperfections, and distortions, and then extends their effects in the darkroom. Often one part of an image is in dead sharp focus, while everything else blurs and wavers to the edges. Space is warped and twisted within frames. In the "Georgia" series especially, the effect is one of looking back in time, through layers of memory and amnesia. A chemical factory on the horizon becomes a battleship in the mist. A ragged patch of trees seems to retreat over the crest of a hill. In a portentous arrangement of logs, one bent and snaking trunk lifts a dorsal fin into the air, where it dissolves into transparency." David Levi Strauss, Artforum -


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