New York: Aperture, 1992. First Edition (stated), Second Printing. Hardcover. Very rare edition. Used - Very Good. Black quarter cloth boards with silver lettering to spine. Some foxing to top edge of text block. Light foxing to endpapers. Prior owner's name on lower right corner of FFE. Clean, unmarked. Binding tight and square. 28.5 x 25 cm (oblong). Unpaginated. / Good/Very Good. Some scuffing and shelf wear. Brodart protective cover applied. Item #15285
With an afterword by Reynolds Price.
First published in 1992, Immediate Family has been lauded by critics as one of the great photography books of our time, and among the most influential. Taken against the Arcadian backdrop of her woodland summer home in Virginia, Sally Mann's extraordinary, intimate photographs of her children reveal truths that embody the individuality of her own family yet ultimately take on a universal quality. With sublime dignity, acute wit and feral grace, Sally Mann's pictures explore the eternal struggle between the child's simultaneous dependence and quest for autonomy—the holding on and the breaking away. This is the stuff of which Greek dramas are made: impatience, terror, self-discovery, self-doubt, pain, vulnerability, role-playing and a sense of immortality, all of which converge in these astonishing photographs.