"Untitled (#18)" (1996)

"Untitled (#18)," 1996
From the "Mother Land" series
Tea-toned gelatin silver print, 38 x 48 inches
© Sally Mann
Courtesy the artist and Edwyn Houk Gallery, New York

"I certainly could go out and buy a good, tack-sharp lens that would take the perfect picture that's in focus from end to end. But instead, I spend an awful lot of time at that antique mall looking around for these lenses with just the right amount of decrepitude. The glue has to be peeling off of the lens elements, it’s great if its mildewed and out of whack..."

- Sally Mann