Hold Still

Hold Still

A Memoir With Photographs

Book - 2015
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Photographer Sally Mann's preoccupation with family, race, mortality, and the storied landscape of the American South are revealed as almost genetically predetermined, written into her DNA by the family history that precedes her. Sorting through boxes of family papers and yellowed photographs she finds more than she bargained for: "deceit and scandal, alcohol, domestic abuse, car crashes, bogeymen, clandestine affairs, dearly loved and disputed family land ... racial complications, vast sums of money made and lost, the return of the prodigal son, and maybe even bloody murder."
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780316247764
0316247766
Branch Call Number: B Mann 2015
92 MANN
Characteristics: xiv, 482 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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AL_SIMONE
Aug 15, 2016

This is the compelling autobiography of the photographer Sally Mann, who has a reputation as being "controversial" but doesn't find herself to be so in the slightest. Mann is equally gifted with words, and this is the story of how her photographs of home life in the deep South came to be. Very well written. Very interesting. Sally Mann is whip smart and fascinating.

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jannylegs
Jul 14, 2016

Brilliant.

multcolib_susannel Oct 19, 2015

Photographer Sally Mann decides to investigate the boxes of family history in her attic to have a better understanding of herself, her family, and her photography. The result is a captivating combination of stories that won't be able to stop reading!

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santiano9
Aug 24, 2015

I enjoyed the parts of this book which dealt with the author's family; and found her writing about the South and the Southern personality well written and interesting. I confess to having skipped large parts of the book dealing with her photography. I also think that the photographs selected for this book do not likely do her skills justice. While I realize that the book also provided her with an opportunity to defend her controversial use of the nude photographs of her children, I disagree with her position and thought that her arguments took up too much space in the book.

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ownedbydoxies
Aug 13, 2015

Maybe a little too detailed for me, since I skipped a few sections, but the history of her family, including her husband's family, is pretty interesting. As are the photographs. I had some difficulty seeing some of them as 'art', but since art is a personal opinion, I guess that's okay, too.

stewaroby Jul 18, 2015

A disquieting but fascinating read. I have always loved Sally Mann's work and was so excited to read how it was made. Her story and her prose style exceeded expectations - she is almost as good a writer as she is a photographer. There is so much here; a look at what it means to be an artist, at families, at love for animals, people and land. And so much more. Highly recommended.

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Volfie
Jul 09, 2015

An engaging look at the process of becoming in artistic pursuit, Hold Still is a deeply researched history of the author's family. The saga of her ancestors is placed within the context of southern American history, illustrated throughout with her own striking photography. A good introduction for those new to the work of Sally Mann, this story also provides fascinating background details on the development of many of her controversial photos.

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tinjen
Jun 24, 2015

I am about halfway through this book, and I am loving it so far. I checked it out to see the photographs, but am enjoying the story so much that it hardly matters that the photographs are so beautiful. I can hardly put it down, and can't wait to see what happens next.

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MikeEe
Jun 06, 2015

"For me, living is the same thing as dying, and loving is the same thing as losing, and this does not make me a madwoman; I believe it can make me better at living, and better at loving, and, just possibly, better at seeing." Page 415. Sally Mann is best when she ruminates.

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TheresaAJ
Jun 01, 2015

Sally Mann, infamous photographer of the controversial book, Immediate Family, shares her life in this original memoir. Unlike most of us, Sally actually unpacks the cardboard boxes that are the memorabilia of her family lines, the Mungers and the Evans. These two sentences from the Prologue sum up this fascinating book :
" I will confess that in the interest of narrative I secretly hoped I'd find a payload of southern gothic: deceit and scandal, alcoholism, domestic abuse, car crashes, bogeymen, clandestine affairs, dearly loved and disputed family land, abandonments, blow jobs, suicides, hidden addictions, the tragically early death of a beautiful bride, racial complications, vast sums of money made and lost, the return of a prodigal son, and maybe even a bloody murder. If any of this stuff lay hidden in my family history, I had the distinct sense I'd find it in those twine-bound boxes in the attic. And I did: all of it and more."
Rich with photographs and other family documents, this book is, above all, an ode to place -- the author's farm in Rockbridge County, Virginia.

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ellensix Dec 17, 2016

I believe that photographs actually rob all of us of our memory.

ellensix Dec 17, 2016

…we can only hope that the evocative Welsh word hiraeth will be preserved. It means ‘distant pain’, and I know all about it…But, and this is important, it always refers to a near-umbilical attachment to a place, not just free-floating nostalgia or a droopy houndlike wistfulness of the longing we associate with human love. No, this is a word about the pain of loving a place.

ellensix Dec 17, 2016

I will confess that in the interest of narrative I secretly hoped I'd find a payload of southern gothic: deceit and scandal, alcoholism, domestic abuse, car crashes, bogeymen, clandestine affairs, dearly loved and disputed family land, abandonments, blow jobs, suicides, hidden addictions, the tragically early death of a beautiful bride, racial complications, vast sums of money made and lost, the return of a prodigal son, and maybe even bloody murder. If any of this stuff lay hidden in my family history, I had the distinct sense I'd find it in those twine-bound boxes in the attic. And I did: all of it and more.

ellensix Dec 17, 2016

Photographs economize the truth; they are always moments more or less illusorily abducted from time's continuum.

ellensix Dec 17, 2016

The proverbial hospitality of the South may be selectively extended but it is not a myth.

ellensix Dec 17, 2016

I smoked, I drank, I skipped classes, I snuck out, I took drugs, I stole quarts of ice cream for my dorm by breaking into the kitchen storerooms, I made out with my boyfriends in the library basement, I hitchhiked into town and down I-91, and when caught, I weaseled out of all of it.

ellensix Dec 01, 2016

Of the predictably biblical, epic, and derisive negotiations involved in establishing a value for the farm, the less said the better. Only a gorgeous piece of good land can provoke that kind of piercing despair and dispute. Failed loves, complicated family relationships, broken hearts, errant children, lost lives-- nothing so engages a southern heart as a good piece of family land.

ellensix Dec 01, 2016

One of the theories about why so few successful practitioners of the plastic arts come from the South holds that the heat stultifies us. There is some truth to this, though it may also be time-related; I believe we in the South have a different sense of time and its exigencies.

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