Sally Mann - Photographs New York Monday, April 9, 2018 | Phillips

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  • Literature

    Aperture, Sally Mann: Immediate Family, n.p.
    Aperture, Still Time: Sally Mann, p. 63
    Mann, Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs, p. 113

  • Catalogue Essay

    In her recent memoir, Hold Still, Sally Mann writes that Damaged Child was a seminal image in her Immediate Family series, describing it as her “first good family picture.”

    She writes: “It was of Jessie’s face, swollen with hives from insect bites, to which she was especially sensitive . . . As soon as I printed it, I noticed its kinship with the familiar Dorothea Lange picture ‘Damaged Child, Shacktown.’ In both, the girls have a look of battered defiance. Just in case anyone would miss it, I made sure that the title drove the comparison home. As strange as it sounds, I found something comforting about this disturbing picture. Looking at the still-damp contact print, and then looking at Jessie, completely recovered and twirling around the house in her pink tutu, I realized the image inoculated me to a possible reality that I might not henceforth have to suffer” (pp. 111-14).


Damaged Child

Gelatin silver print.
18 3/4 x 22 7/8 in. (47.6 x 58.1 cm)
Signed, titled, dated, numbered 6/25, copyright notation and edition information in pencil on the verso.

$20,000 - 30,000 

Sold for $25,000

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New York Auction 9 April 2018