by Samantha Kate

In an effort to write about childhood and family in the deep south, I’ve gone back to and have been incredibly inspired by the work of Sally Mann, a fantastic American photographer best known for black and white photographs of her young children, among other subjects. I’m including some of her work here, primarily from her collections¬†At Twelve and Family Pictures.

These photos were taken in the mid to late 1980s, and capture the essence of being a child in a carefree, unobtrusive way. That the photos were taken by the girls’ mother adds a level of intimacy that you don’t often see and for me, at least, evokes memories of childhood that exist deep in the past and were never truly captured on film.