Mann took up photography at the Putney School in Vermont; her motive, she has said in many interviews, was to be alone in the darkroom with her then-boyfriend. The decor includes photographs by Diane Arbus and Emmet Gowin, both important figures for Mann; walls of books; marble torsos of nude women; finches in cages and flying free; the skeletons of lizards and cats. Can young children freely give their consent for controversial portraits, even if — especially if — the artist is their parent? You can be sure that Sally Mann wonders, too. It looked like one of those Victorian post-mortem photographs. Not all the scrutiny has been welcome or favorable. Sign in.
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But a Federal prosecutor in Roanoke, Va. New photos in your email Subscribe to our newsletter to get all new free stock photos in your inbox. Acting quickly to seize the moment, Mann sets up her Toyo on the tripod. Can young children freely give their consent for controversial portraits, even if — especially if — the artist is their parent? The class status of her children, who are not poor but appear to be in the photographs, can also seem problematic. The nudity of the children has caused problems for many publications, including this one.