Mann’s subjects are her small children (a boy, a girl, and a new baby), often shot when they’re sick or hurt or just naked. Nosebleeds, cuts, hives, chicken pox, swollen eyes, vomiting–the usual trials of childhood–can be alarmingly beautiful, thrillingly sensual moments in More…Mann’s portrait album. Her ambivalence about motherhood–her delight and despair–pushes Mann to delve deeper into the steaming mess of family life than most of us are willing to go. What she comes up with is astonishing. –Vince Aletti, The Village Voice Immediate Family, which was published in 1990, must be counted as one of the great photograph books of our time. It is a singularly powerful evocation of childhood from within and without … –Luc Sante, The New Republic Afterword by Reynolds Price.
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