A detail from Sally Mann’s Candy Cigarette (1989).
I’m responding with the only vocabulary I have to ordinary and extraordinary situations that I see around me. I have to slap my hands sometimes not to take certain pictures. But the more I look at the life of the children, the more enigmatic and fraught with danger and loss their lives become. That’s what taking any picture is about. At some point, you just weigh the risks.
– Sally Mann to the New York Times (Sept. 27, 1992)