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+ About the Performance
This program was recorded 05/13/2015 at Symphony Space.

One of America's most renowned and controversial photographers, Sally Mann, whose photos inspired the feature film What Remains, discusses her beautiful and revealing new memoir Hold Still. In lyrical prose and startlingly revealing photographs she crafts a totally original form of personal history that has the page-turning drama of a great novel. Introduction by Malcolm Jones (culture and book critic for the Daily Beast). In conversation with Ann Patchett (Bel Canto). 

“Photographer Sally Mann’s book Hold Still is one of the great portraits of the American South. Written in her pitch-perfect prose style, it is a textbook of illumination and desire for anyone who hears the siren call of art beckoning to them. It’s Southern to the bone, hell on wheels. Hold Still is a masterpiece.”

—Patti Smith, musician and National Book Award–winning author of Just Kids

+ About the Artists

Malcolm Jones writes about books, music, and photography for The Daily Beast where he has written about subjects ranging from Abraham Lincoln to R. Crumb. He is the author of a memoir, Little Boy Blues, and collaborated with the songwriter and composer Van Dyke Parks and the illustrator Barry Moser on Jump!, a retelling of Brer Rabbit stories.

Sally Mann is one of America’s most renowned photographers. A Guggenheim fellow, and a three-time recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, Mann was named “America’s Best Photographer” by Time magazine in 2001. Her many books include What Remains, Deep South, and the Aperture titles At Twelve, Immediate Family, Still Time, Proud Flesh, and The Flesh and the Spirit. She has been the subject of two documentaries: Blood Ties, which was nominated for an Academy Award, and What Remains, which premiered at Sundance and was nominated for an Emmy Award for Best Documentary. She has been the subject of major exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, and the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Her photographs can be found in many public and private collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Her memoir, Hold Still, was released yesterday.

Ann Patchett is the author of Bel Canto, which won the PEN/Faulkner Award, the Orange Prize, the BookSense Book of the Year, and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her other novels include State of Wonder, which was nominated for the Orange Prize and the Wellcome Trust Book Prize; The Patron Saint of Liars, which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year; Taft, which won the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize; The Magician’s Assistant; and Run. She is also the author of several works of nonfiction including This is the Story of a Happy Marriage; What Now?; and Truth & Beauty, which was a finalist for The Los Angeles Times Book Prize and won The Chicago Tribune’s Heartland Prize, the Harold D. Vursell Memorial Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Alex Award from the American Library Association. In 2014, she received the Helmerich Award for her contribution to literature. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee, where she is the co-owner of Parnassus Books.

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