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Product Details

  • Series: New Images Book
  • Paperback: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Aperture (June 15, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0893813303
  • ISBN-13: 978-0893813307
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 9.4 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #661,929 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Haunting black-and-white studies of children, shown here as surprisingly sensual and often distant beings, the magical keepers of some obscure and vaguely frightening secrets."--Karen Lipson, Newsday

"Sally Mann's photography is a clear pane...not intrusion, but revelation. These young women distill something for the eye...something beautiful and sad and moving, something purely female."--Diane Sawyer

"Sally Mann is the real thing. Just look at these photographs! At Twelve is an American classic."--Annie Dillard
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About the Author

Sally Mann has exhibited and taught nationally. Her work is in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Chrysler Museum, the Corcoran Gallery, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and other major collections around the country. She has received grants from the NEA, the NEH, the Friends of Photography, and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. Her first book was Second Sight. She lives in Virginia with her husband and three children who are the subject of Immediate Family (Aperture, 1992). In July 2001, Time magazine named Sally Mann "America's Best Photographer."

Ann Beattie, a preeminent writer of her generation, has written several books, including the novels Chilly Scenes of Winter and Falling in Place; the short-story collections Distortions and Where You'll Find Me; and Alex Katz, a monograph of the painter's work.

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61 of 66 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 18, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I give Sally Mann a thumbs up for capturing her beautiful children when they were young, being what they are: beloved children. How fast we grow and turn into adults!
As I studied each page my memory was jogged several times of my childhood in southern Georgia. Humid sunny days and muggy rainy evenings; I couldn't wait to strip what little bit of cloths I wore and play outside in the rain or in the woods. I never gave it a second thought being nude. And apparently neither did my parents. Needless to say Sally Mann and her beloved childern are dear to my heart. Thanks for bring back so many innocent fond memories.
I recommend this book if you have an open mind and love children for what they are.
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42 of 47 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 11, 1999
Format: Paperback
Sally Mann has captured on film the vunerability of young women who do not yet fully comprehend the world they are born into. She exposes them as they are...immature...yet beginning TO mature. Fearless....yet fearful. The photographs in this book possess a haunting quality which stays with the reader long after the book has been put down.
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41 of 46 people found the following review helpful By D. K. Boyd on March 13, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is one of my favorite portrait photography books. It's often profoundly disturbing, with such poignant images capturing girls on the verge of womanhood, offering us glimpses not only into the children that they were but into the lives they're going to lead as women, and it isn't all pretty.

Sally Mann is wonderful at capturing the souls of those she photographs, often poor, rural-living individuals, full of pride and hopes and dreams. I have collected many of her books, and this has always been my favorite. It's very controversial - her work always has been - but if you look at it with your eye on that cusp of womanhood, you will see more than you ever dreamed.

Sally Mann is a true visionary photographer who will certainly be hailed in the years to come as one of the greatest photographers of her time.
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33 of 39 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 10, 1999
Format: Paperback
I found this book to be a wonderful experience. Sally Mann has shown so many different 12-year-olds in her hometown of Lexington, Va, and she has captured their stories and what makes each girl so unique. I loved this book and found that some of the photographs, especially "Doll House" reminded me of myself "At Twelve".
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 9, 1997
Format: Paperback
Mann has focused on a segment of our society that is often ignored, the 12 year old girl. This is especially important work in light of the fact that most girls suffer a dramatic loss of self esteem around the age of 12. More importantly, Mann's photographs reveal the intelligence, intensity, depth, and diversity in girls whom most regard as merely young and silly. Portraits, such as these that reveal so much about the subjects, are extremely interesting. Further, the fact that the subjects consist of a largely invisible segment of society makes the book groundbreaking. In honoring and respecting these girls as worthy subjects of fine art, Mann empowers all girls as well as the viewer.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By R. Abel on November 30, 2008
Format: Paperback
I read all of the reviews before getting this book, and almost didn't buy it because of the negative feedback. I loved Immediate Family, as did many of the other reviewers, and feared that this book would not be as good - as indicated by many of the reviews. I ended up getting it, however, as it is a gift for my teen-age daughter who is an up and coming photographer. I figured that even if the other reviews were right - that the pictures were just images and not "artistic," or that the scenes were all wrong in a protect-your-children kind of way - then my daughter would still enjoy the book as a photographer with an eye for composition.
I am not one bit sorry that I bought the book. Yes, the photos are less "artistic" than Immediate Family, and yes, the book is more blunt in its subject matter, which makes it more painful and not as protective of the children. However, it absolutely captures being 12 and girl-woman - in all of the painful, stubborn, beautiful, childish, and grown-up ways that being 12 actually is.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Cassidy on July 15, 1998
Format: Paperback
Sally Mann is one of the most important photographers of the past decade. Her photographs evoke a profound experience of both a personal and a social psychology of the feminine. Her pictures include concerns about puberty and sexuality as well as motherhood and family. How does an artist describe what she truly loves without reducing the person to an aesthetic subject. How does a mother relate to her daughters without denying their autonomy and complexity. These questions are raised again and again in Mann's work. The photographs are muted, sad and beautiful.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By bodaciousdawg@webtv.net DAWG on April 30, 1999
Format: Paperback
an inner glimpse of the realm of femaletwelve year olds, of the 60's - 80's, on the cusp of leaving childhood. especially insightful when re-viewed, after reading the text!
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