American photographer Sally Mann is best known to mainstream audiences for her third book, IMMEDIATE FAMILY, which stirred controversy in the early 1990s for its inclusion of nude images of her three young children roaming a secluded, Eden-like farm. In a new illustrated memoir, HOLD STILL, the allegations that she harmed her children by making and publishing the images still sting, but Mann defies expectations to explain herself as a mother or to assure readers that her children turned out OK. Instead, Mann explains herself as an artist, putting the family pictures, as she calls them, into the broader context of her photography exploring the South, an ancestral preoccupation with mortality and her bonds with a landscape still haunted by the legacy of slavery.
The 2008 trial of Chucky Taylor in Miami federal court was a sort of homecoming for a young man whose adolescence in Florida had been like so many others bored with the suburbs and longing for absent fathers. The surreal journey Taylor took from Florida to Liberia and then back to stand trial for torture is the subject of AMERICAN WARLORD. Through public records requests, trial transcripts, interviews in the U.S. and Liberia and letters from Taylor himself, journalist Johnny Dwyer tried to piece together what happened to Taylor that made him such a unique catch for U.S. authorities.