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The Ditch

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Virginia (photographed)

  • Date:

    1987 (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Mann, Sally (photographer)

  • Credit Line:

    Purchase funded by the Photographs Acquisition Group

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case X, shelf 974

Sally Mann is an important American photographer renowned for her intimate black and white photographs of her family and the landscape of the American South. This selection is from her best-known series, Immediate Family. Made with an 8x10 view camera, Mann’s photographs of her three children hover between the spontaneous and the theatrical. They capture a range of emotions – from displays of affection to outbursts of anger – and imbue everyday moments with lush beauty and often disturbing ambiguity.

Physical description

A black and white photograph of a young boy lying on his back with his legs tucked underneath in a ditch filled with water. A number of adults and children are standing around him on the sides of the ditch.

Place of Origin

Virginia (photographed)


1987 (photographed)


Mann, Sally (photographer)

Descriptive line

One photograph by Sally Mann entitled 'The Ditch', 1987

Production Note

Edition 12/25


Photographic paper


Gelatin silver process; Photography


Children & Childhood; Photographs

Production Type

Limited edition


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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