|"Photographer Sally Mann grew up
in Rockbridge County, VA. Her work, which has sometimes been controversial
in part because of the nude portraits of her children, includes the series
At Twelve: Portraits of Young Women and the series Immediate
"'It's this fine line that Sally Mann walks on,' Noelle Oxenhandler writes. 'She comes so close to trespassing -- and yet she doesn't. No matter how naked and vulnerable the bruised, smudged, stilled, strewn bodies of her children may appear, they retain something inviolate. It's there in the gaze that looks back at her, and through her eyes at the eyes of anyone else who might stare at them....Even when Sally Mann renders her children thing-like, the photographs radiate a consciousness of what she's done: when not in the defiant gaze of the children themselves, then in the photographs' utter refusal to euphemize, to prettify the thing-ness.'
"Oxenhandler asks: 'Which is really the more dangerous vision of children: the one that presents them to us, scrubbed and cute among flowers, as decor, accessory? Or the one that acknowledges the edges we walk on? As Jung said: "it's what remains unconscious that returns as fate."
you know...i look at this and do not see "kiddie" porn at
all. it is tasteful and elegant. besides, what is the difference between
12 & 22? kids don't want to wear clothes because they are too
constricting so let them be free.
- just me
You put the lipstick, pearls and earrings on it becomes porn.
- Not quite victorian anymore
I'd kill my mom if I found out she took pictures
of me naked and sold them to "art" collectors.
Don't you get arrested for this kind of thing?
Little Phyllis looks into the eye of the camera, into the eye of her tramp assed mother and lets her know that she will pay in pain for this...
- Daughter Dearest
Is there no Department of Social Services in Virginia?
I guess the proof of intent would lay in the caliber of people who buy and
view her work. I would guess many of them also purchase even more
blatent forms of child porn.
I have children. The pose the girl in the center is not
natural. It is more on the come hither side of pornography apose to
natural posture of a child.
- girls mother
from child beauty queen to kiddie crack whore!
- jon-benet ramsey
what a beautiful, self assured woman-child. The subject's
not wearing a shirt does not make this pornography.
(38 Votes- 32% Art, 68% Porn)
Art or Pornography?