5 Snappy Photo Books

At the holidays, picture collections vie to catch your eye. Give these a long look

DEEP SOUTH SALLY MANN It was with haunting, sometimes sexually charged shots of her children, maturing enigmatically in the Virginia hill country, that Mann first gained notice in the late 1980s. Some years later she moved into territory even more shadowy than the boundary between childhood and adulthood: the Southern landscape. Through darkroom accidents and her use of 19th century glass-plate developing techniques, these pictures come to us fogged, scratched and indistinct, like her portrait of a wounded tree, above. Her mesmerizing book is not so much a portrait of the South as it is a dream about it, with a residue...

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