For more than forty years, Sally Mann (American, born 1951) has made experimental and haunting photographs that explore the overarching themes of existence: memory, desire, death, the bonds of family, and nature’s indifference to human endeavor. What unites this broad body of work is that it is all bred of a place, the American South. A native of Lexington, Virginia, Mann has long reflected on what it means to live in the South and be identified as a Southerner.
Mann uses her deep love of her birthplace and her knowledge of its troubled history to make photographs that pose provocative questions about history, identity, race, and religion. Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings explores how her relationship with the land has shaped her work and how the legacy of the South—as both homeland and graveyard, refuge and battleground—continues to inform American identity.