Sally Mann was born, lives and works in Lexington, Virginia. She received a BA from Hollins College in 1974, and an MA in creative writing from the same school in 1975. Her work has been influential since her first solo exhibition, at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., in 1977. Her subjects have ranged from her family and animals, her surroundings, the over-arching concept of mortality, and the conflicting atmosphere of the Deep South.
Her exhibition ‘A Matter of Time’ at Fotografiska in 2012 demonstrated Sally Mann’s persistence in creating images that may be local for her but at the same time address universal, global issues. Her themes present deep-seated contradictions, contradictions we often do not wish to acknowledge. Her gift is that she asks the big questions, and answers them with beauty. Mann´s photographs are in the permanent collections of many museums, including MOMA, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C.