Deep South

A work made of gelatin silver print.

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  • A work made of gelatin silver print.

Date:

1998

Artist:

Sally Mann
American, born 1951

About this artwork

Sally Mann has documented her native Virginia for more than 30 years. In her series Deep South, she metaphorically transposes histories of the American South into photographs using the wet-plate collodion process. The laborious technique, which dates to the Civil War, requires the photographer to bring a bulky view camera, glass negatives, and a makeshift darkroom wherever she goes. The process requires great technical skill and is prone to accident. Rather than attempt conventional perfection, Mann embraces scrapes and fogged negatives that enhance a melancholic quality in her images. The outdated chemical process makes material the permanent impression of history on backcountry southern landscapes.

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Photography

Artist

Sally Mann

Title

Deep South

Origin

United States

Date

1998

Medium

Gelatin silver print

Inscriptions

Unmarked recto; verso: [Edwynn Houk gallery sticker]

Dimensions

94.5 × 118.5 cm (image/paper, appro×.)

Credit Line

Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Fund

Reference Number

2000.40

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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