As one of the world’s preeminent photographers, Sally Mann creates artwork that challenges viewers’ values and moral attitudes.  Described by Time magazine as “America’s greatest photographer,” she first came to international prominence in 1992 with “Immediate Family,” a series of complex and enigmatic pictures of her own children.  This work, and the controversy that followed it, was chronicled in Steven Cantor’s award-winning short film, Blood Ties.

 What Remains returns to follow the creation of Mann’s new seminal work: a photo series revolving around various aspects of death and decay.  Never one to compromise, Sally Mann reflects on her own personal feelings toward death as she continues to examine the boundaries of contemporary photography.  Shown at home on her family farm in Virginia, she is surrounded by her husband and now-grown children, and her willingness to reveal her artistic process as it unfolds allows the viewer to gain exclusive entrance to her world.

 Spanning five years, What Remains contains unbridled access to the many stages of Mann’s work, and provides a rare glimpse of an eloquent and brilliant artist.


  • Emmy nomination (Best Documentary)

  • Sundance Film Festival

  • SilverDocs

  • Hotdocs

  • Nantucket Film Festival (Best Story Telling award)

  • Atlanta Film Festival (Grand Jury Prize - Best Documentary)

  • Newport Film Festival (The Student Jury Award)

  • Full Frame Film Festival

  • Seattle Film Festival (Best Documentary)

  • Jacksonville Film Festival (Best Documentary)

  • Milwaukee Int’l Film Festival (Best Documentary)

  • Oslo International Film Festival

  • Atlantic Film Festival

  • High Falls Film Festival

  • Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival

  • Cornell Cinema

  • Adelaid Film Festival

  • Thessaloniki Documentary Festivals - Images of the 21st Century

  • Environmental Film Festival

  • Mountain Film Festival

  • Art Biennal