“I really wasn’t trying to push anyone’s buttons.” —Famous last words from photographer Sally Mann.

Having rocketed to infamy in the ’80s for taking naked photos of her own children, Mann found herself struggling to prove herself as a legitimate artist, rather than a sensationalist or flash in the pan. While many viewed Mann’s art as simply beautiful, her detractors labeled the photographs pornographic.

What Remains: The Life and Work of Sally Mann follows the photographer in the aftermath of her temporary fame trying to make sense of her past and also trying to move forward. The title refers to Mann’s new work, photos of dead bodies, Civil War sites and bones – the detritus of life. But it could just as well refer to Mann’s present state of coming to terms with herself.

Thoughtful and patient, the documentary offers a full portrait of Mann as a woman, mother, wife and artist and leaves no doubt that anything she creates comes from a place of pure intentions.

Grade: A

What Remains: The Life and Work of Sally Mann is currently available.