Directed by Steven Cantor
“One of the most exquisitely intimate portraits not only of an artist’s process, but also of a marriage and a life.”
- The New York Times
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.
DVD Special Features
- New anamorphic master, enhanced for widescreen televisions
- Director Steven Cantor’s 1994 Oscar®-nominated documentary short Blood Ties, shot during the creation of Sally Mann's Immediate Family series
- Photos from Mann’s Deep South, Immediate Family and What Remains series
- Eight deleted scenes
- Mann’s lecture excerpts from a 2003 Copenhagen Photojournalism Conference
- Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired
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See also our films about photographers Gregory Crewdson, Bill Cunningham, Tierney Gearon and Saul Leiter.