Date: August 30, 2018
“-Mann says that informed consent was crucial to the creation of this collection. In Woodward’s article, Mann actually explained that she initially intended to wait to publish the photos until her children had grown and could fully understand the implication of the photos. (Here is perhaps where her judgment faltered.) Her children disagreed with this decision; they encouraged her to publish the photos immediately, so she did.
“…the kids were visually sophisticated, involved in setting the scene, in producing the desired effects for the images and in editing them. When I was putting together ‘Immediate Family,’ I gave each child the pictures of themselves and asked them to remove those they didn’t want published.”
-For advice, Mann called the F.B.I.’s Kenneth Lanning, a former member of the behavioral science unit. His professional opinion:
“He said what I already knew: that some people would be aroused by these pictures. And then he said: ‘But they get aroused by shoes, too. I don’t think there is anything you can take a picture of that doesn’t arouse somebody.’”
This is worth reading…and I suspect, Sally’s memoir is worth owning a copy of.