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What Remains: The Life and Work of Sally Mann 1994 NR CC

(53) IMDb 8/10

As one of the world's preeminent photographers, Sally Mann creates artwork that challenges viewers' values and moral attitudes. Described by Time magazine as "America's greatest photographer," she first came to international prominence in 1992 with Immediate Family, a series of complex and enigmatic pictures of her three children. What Remains--Mann's recent series on the myriad aspects of death and decay--is the subject of this eponymously titled documentary. Filmed at her Virginia farm, Mann is surrounded by her husband and now-grown children, and her willingness to reveal her artistic process allows the viewer to gain exclusive entrance to her world. Never one to compromise, she reflects on her own personal feelings about mortality as she continues to examine the boundaries of contemporary art. Spanning five years, What Remains contains unbridled access to the many stages of Mann's work, and is a rare glimpse of an eloquent and brilliant artist.

Starring:
Sally Mann
Runtime:
1 hour, 21 minutes

Product Details

Genres Documentary
Director Steven Cantor, Peter Spirer
Starring Sally Mann
Studio Zeitgeist Films
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By K. Dennehey on April 1, 2008
Format: DVD
I saw this documentary at the Look Photo Festival in Virginia last June and it was incredible. It shed so much light on her thought process and ideas and even showed footage of her actually taking some of her most famed photographs. In my humble opinion, this film is definitely worth the price, if not more!
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Zelda, Paris on June 21, 2008
Format: DVD
The life and work and personality and emotions of Sally Mann are beautifully filmed and evoked, a must to understand her complex, rich, intense personality, her relationship with her children and particularly her husband is deeply touching. Some scenes when she is photographing dead bodies for her show and book What Remains are hard to cope with, but resonate in her artistic , so Southern soul in mixing life and death and love and memory so intensely
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Lesser Knowns on June 17, 2008
Format: DVD
Length: 1:38 Mins
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By lunchbox benny on April 16, 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Sally Mann is one of the most important photographers of our time, and this dvd is essential to understanding her work as an artist. This dvd deserves 6 stars because in the extras it includes the 30 minute oscar nominated documentary "Blood Ties" that aired on HBO in the early 90's during the "Immediate Family" photos. As well as the new full length doc that takes you through the "What Remains" era and how that concept unfolded from her husbands illness, into the death of her dog, into the suicide of a prisoner on her farm, into the civil war landscapes, into the photos of decaying bodies, into the photos of her children. She really challenges all of our concepts and fears of the subject of death and breaks it down to a beautiful idea of a natural process. I really can't say enough about how important her work is, but this dvd will. All i can say is this is worth your time and money.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brandi S. Martin on February 20, 2010
Format: DVD
If you want to learn more about Sally Mann as a photographer, this is great. If you want to see how people struggle with the creative process, this is a great film. If you want to be inspired with how some people deal with adversity and come back even stronger, or how life events shape one's art, you will also appreciate it. For me personally, what I take away from the film is how when scary or bad things happen to most people, they avert, avoid, bury, and forget. The real artist keeps looking, never blinking, and really examines everything, even death, until they find or make something truly profound.

I have my photo students watch this, and at first they are creeped out. Eventually they come around and love it too. Every time I watch it, I see something else that the film maker did, subtle but great transitions and cuts that add layers of meaning. Totally worth buying.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Trini Girl on June 11, 2008
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I saw this documentary when it premiered at Hot Docs in 2006, and have been waiting since then for its DVD release. As a documentary producer myself, it inspired me to delve into a project that would reveal the intimate and personal details of the life of an artist. I found it compelling, funny at times, sad, and very informative of Sally Mann's life and creative process.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R.Mats on December 23, 2014
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Idyllic views of the Kentucky landscape and lovely insights into an artist's mind and family. I'm not sure I would be comfortable with sharing nude pictures of my children as a parent, given the world we live in. But in a better world there's nothing wrong with it. Her children seem well-grounded and happy, and the photos are certainly thought-provoking and beautiful. The artist is lucky (and so are we) that she has a supportive husband who also shares an artist's perspective, providing an environment in which she could create freely. It's also good that Mann was able to find an appropriate venue for her photographic exploration of death, which is an inevitability whether we like it or not.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Leng on January 17, 2011
Format: DVD
Easily one of the best documentaries on photography and the artistic process that I've seen. This film is interesting to me in so many ways. Technically, it's amazing to see Sally work with the 8x10, especially in the field with wet plates. As a photographer, I'm inspired to see the marriage of technical skill and personal vision that we all of us strive to achieve, but few of us do. As an artist, it's incredible to see the struggle that Sally goes through to express her view of the world... moments of self doubt, failure, and triumph. This is the life of one of the best photographers of the 20th century, beautifully and shamelessly captured. Buy it, watch it, learn. I did.
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