Mann started taking pictures when she was in high school. After seeing her talent her father encouraged her to keep with it. After graduating from high school in 1969, Mann attended Bennington College and Friends World College. She earned a Bachelor of the Arts, from Hollins College (now Hollins University) in 1974 and a Masters of the Arts in creative writing in 1975.
In the beginning of Mann's career she primarily took pictures of her three children. All her picture where black and white and when her subjects were people they tended to be nude.
Although her photos stayed in black and white her subject changed. Instead of photographing nude people, Mann started taking photographs of landscapes.
Mann wasn't famous for just one photograph, although she is most known for her large black-and-white photographs- at first of her young children, then later of landscapes suggesting decay and death.
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