2015 National Book Award Finalist, Nonfiction

Sally Mann

Hold Still
(Little, Brown/Hachette Book Group)
ISBN: 978-0316247764

Hold Still Sally Mann, credit Liz Liguori


With breathtaking candor, Sally Mann's emotionally daring memoir recounts a wild life of creative obsession and inspiration, expressing a lyrical sense of place, a love of beauty, and fierce self-scrutiny. Hold Still reflects the audacious soul of an artist as fascinated by the sublime as by gothic decay. Mann explains her photographic artistry—but she also reveals a provocative secret, showing how photography draws memory into an intricate dance, preserving, obscuring, and destroying in turns.


Photographer Sally Mann's preoccupation with family, race, mortality, and the storied landscape of the American South are revealed as almost genetically predetermined, written into her DNA by the family history that precedes her. Sorting through boxes of family papers and yellowed photographs she finds more than she bargained for: "deceit and scandal, alcohol, domestic abuse, car crashes, bogeymen, clandestine affairs, dearly loved and disputed family land ... racial complications, vast sums of money made and lost, the return of the prodigal son, and maybe even bloody murder."

About the Author

Sally Mann, born in Lexington, Virginia, in 1951, is one of America’s most renowned photographers. She has received numerous awards, including NEA, NEH, and Guggenheim Foundation grants, and her work is held by major institutions internationally. Her many books include What Remains, Deep South, At Twelve, Immediate Family, Still Time, Proud Flesh, and The Flesh and the Spirit. A feature film about her work, What Remains, debuted to critical acclaim in 2006. Mann is represented by Gagosian Gallery and the Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York. She lives in Virginia.


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Photo credit: Liz Liguori