What Remains: The Life and Work of Sally Mann, DVD

About the Filmmaker

Director/producer Steven Cantor is a graduate of the USC School of Cinema-Television and a founding partner in Stick Figure Productions.

In 1994, Steven received an Academy Award nomination for the short documentary Blood Ties: The Life and Work of Sally Mann about the controversial photographer. In 2002, he received an Emmy Award nomination for the HBO/Channel 4 UK documentary Devil's Playground about the rebellious tendencies of Amish youth. In 2003, he received an Emmy for his film Willie Nelson: Still is Still Moving, part of the 2003 PBS American Masters series.

He is married to the French Canadian jewelry designer Sonya Gauthier, and they live in New York with their daughter, Clara Blue.

What Remains: The Life and Work of Sally Mann, DVD

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Directed by Steven Cantor

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 is a rare glimpse of an eloquent and brilliant artist.

  • 80 minutes
  • English with optional English subtitles
  • Color
  • New anamorphic master, enhanced for widescreen televisions
  • Contains photos from Mann’s Deep South, Immediate Family, and What Remains series; 8 deleted scenes; and excerpts from Mann's lecture at a 2003 Copenhagen Photojournalism Conference
  • Released: 2006

Editorial Reviews

"One of the most exquisitely intimate portraits not only of an artist’s process, but also of a marriage and a life.” —New York Times

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