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    what color film did sally mann use for her mexican landscapes?

    does anyone know what film sally mann used for her color landscapes of mexico?

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    i asked this on large format photography forum too, and most of my answers were telling me how much sally mann sucks, but i think other wise so thanks for the help

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    The look of those images has less to do with the film than the use of what looks like an uncoated or antique large format lens. That said there are not many choices of 8x10 film so my guess is going to be portra 160, the most ubiquitous large format neg film.....

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    The series dates back to 1999, so take it from there as to what was available.. I'd also vote for lenses and processing/printing sorcery. Never understood the rancor directed at Mann--sexism? simple jealousy?

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    Cody you've also been told that the look is a result of Exposure and the Lens and I guess the count was along the line of 2/3 Mann sucks and 1/3 Mann is superb (I am part of the later). Have you contacted Sally Mann yet? She most likely used something like Kodak Portra 160NC

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    Quote Originally Posted by MDR View Post
    Cody you've also been told that the look is a result of Exposure and the Lens and I guess the count was along the line of 2/3 Mann sucks and 1/3 Mann is superb (I am part of the later). Have you contacted Sally Mann yet? She most likely used something like Kodak Portra 160NC

    i have tried, but i havent heard back yet... and i said most not all i was just seeing if i could get some other opinions out there!

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    also it was like 4/5 hating and 1/5 loving lol

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    Maybe because we all have different tastes? try some over exposed slide film or color negs, use it with an uncoated old lens.

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    A very quick search on the web came up with this page:

    http://www.edelmangallery.com/archive20.htm

    The mention of an antique lens further supports other users' guesses that she used one. I have no idea what camera she used to realize these images but it has nothing to do with the kind of film used and everything to do with the technique she employed.

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    I do not think Sally Mann sucks. I personally just find her work boring. That said looking at your examples I really do not think which film she used matters much.
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    I have a book of her photographs, The Flesh and the Spirit which looks at her work that concerns the body or figure. In it there is a section called "Family Color" where the essay says she used Agfachrome 200 RS film in Mamiya 6 starting around 1990. It has a distinctly different look than the Mexico pictures, but she was using a distinctly different camera. She also had made Cibachromes and Polaroind still lifes in the early 80's.

    She's an interesting artist, has been extremely prolific in what and how she photographs, I don't like all of her work (hate the dead body's) but I admire her tenacity and focus that has resulted in some extraordinary pictures, not sure how anyone can find her work boring.

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