Candy Cigarette by Sally Mann (1989). Candy Cigarette, from her honest and controversial series Immediate Family, captures one of her three children, Jessie (now a model and artist), in a defiant and self-aware pose, staring down the lens at her mother, holding bubblegum cigarette.
In the fall of 1992, a traveling exhibit opened at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia. The collection was called "Immediate Family", and it was by a young and lesser known photographer by the name of Sally Mann.
Sally Mann - Immediate Family, 1992 Artist’s statement: “These are photographs of my children … many of these pictures are intimate, some are fictions and some are fantastic, but most are of ordinary things every mother has seen. I take pictures when they are bloodied or sick or naked or angry. They dress up, they pout and posture, they paint their bodies, they dive like otters in the dark river.” Read more about Sally Mann at Gagosian Gallery.
Sally Mann on photography, 'Hold Still' With the publication of her third book of pictures, "Immediate Family" (Aperture, 1992), Sally Mann leapt from relative obscurity to a level of national celebrity that only a handful of photographers have ever achieved, in this case mostly unwanted. The book included, among other pictures, several... http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/books/ct-prj-hold-still-sally-mann-20150604-story.html
Sally Mann is my favorite photographer because of this photo. It reminds me of my childhood, and I die every time I see it. Someday, I hope I can photograph my children as openly and honestly as she did. Such a talented woman.