Photography

Mark, Mary Ellen (1940 - 2015)

Mary Ellen Mark put her hands on photography in the 1960s, depicting streets scenes in her native Philadelphia as well as anti-Vietnam and women’s rights demonstrations in New York. Quite promptly, when working for Look magazine, the American photographer chose to chronicle the existences of the desperate, the marginals, the homeless, the wounded of life such as Indian street prostitutes, psychiatric patients, juvenile heroine addicts: ‘I care about people and that’s why I became a photographer’. Despite the darkness of her subjects, Mary Ellen Mark always managed to propose humanistic images, freed from obscenity and disapproval. She also captured the glamour of society as a recognized celebrity portraitist and an on-set photographer for Federico Fellini or Francis Ford Coppola. The photographer succeeded in linking the illustrious with the miserable in the same melancholic yet gentle manner: ‘I take sad photographs. But look at the tenderness.’
 

Mary Ellen Mark, Amanda and Her Cousin Amy Valese, North Carolina, 1990
Mary Ellen Mark, Amanda and Her Cousin Amy Valese, North Carolina, 1990
Mary Ellen Mark, Clayton Moore, the Original Lone Ranger, Los Angeles, 1992
Mary Ellen Mark, Clayton Moore, the Original Lone Ranger, Los Angeles, 1992
Mary Ellen Mark, Close Up Mona Smoking, Ward 81, Oregon State Hospital, Salem, Oregon, 1976
Mary Ellen Mark, Close Up Mona Smoking, Ward 81, Oregon State Hospital, Salem, Oregon, 1976
Mary Ellen Mark, Damm Family in Car, 1987
Mary Ellen Mark, Damm Family in Car, 1987
Mary Ellen Mark, Father and Son, Dallas, Texas, 1987
Mary Ellen Mark, Father and Son, Dallas, Texas, 1987
Mary Ellen Mark, Jesse Damn, Llano, California, 1994
Mary Ellen Mark, Jesse Damn, Llano, California, 1994
Mary Ellen Mark, Contorsionist with Her Puppy Sweety, Great Raj Kamal Circus, Upleta, India, 1989
Mary Ellen Mark, Contorsionist with Her Puppy Sweety, Great Raj Kamal Circus, Upleta, India, 1989
Mary Ellen Mark, Making of a NYC Cop, Manhattan, New York, 1996
Mary Ellen Mark, Making of a NYC Cop, Manhattan, New York, 1996
Mary Ellen Mark, Heather and Kelsey Dietrick, 2002
Mary Ellen Mark, Heather and Kelsey Dietrick, 2002
Mary Ellen Mark, Las Vegas, 1991
Mary Ellen Mark, Las Vegas, 1991
Mary Ellen Mark, Rodeo, Big Spring, Texas, 1991
Mary Ellen Mark, Rodeo, Big Spring, Texas, 1991
Mary Ellen Mark, Private School, Miami, 1986
Mary Ellen Mark, Private School, Miami, 1986
Mary Ellen Mark, Quincenañera, 1986
Mary Ellen Mark, Quincenañera, 1986
Mary Ellen Mark, Roy Cohn, 1986
Mary Ellen Mark, Roy Cohn, 1986
Mary Ellen Mark, Sisters, Christian Bikers, Arizona, 1988
Mary Ellen Mark, Sisters, Christian Bikers, Arizona, 1988
Mary Ellen Mark, Tunice, Mississippi, 1991
Mary Ellen Mark, Tunice, Mississippi, 1991
Mary Ellen Mark, South Beach, Miami, 1986
Mary Ellen Mark, South Beach, Miami, 1986
Mary Ellen Mark, Batman and Little Barbies, NY, 2002
Mary Ellen Mark, Batman and Little Barbies, NY, 2002
Mary Ellen Mark, The cast of
Mary Ellen Mark, The cast of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest", Oregon State Hospital, Salem, Oregon, 1974
Mary Ellen Mark, Untitled, 2013
Mary Ellen Mark, Untitled, 2013
Mary Ellen Mark, Tiny in her Halloween Costume, 1983
Mary Ellen Mark, Tiny in her Halloween Costume, 1983
Mary Ellen Mark, Sue Gallo Baugher and Faye Gallo 'Smoking Twins', Twinsburg, Ohio, USA, 1998
Mary Ellen Mark, Sue Gallo Baugher and Faye Gallo 'Smoking Twins', Twinsburg, Ohio, USA, 1998
Mary Ellen Mark, Elise Collins with flags, Union, South Carolina, USA, 1992
Mary Ellen Mark, Elise Collins with flags, Union, South Carolina, USA, 1992
Mary Ellen Mark, Diamond Settles, 'Halloween Mermaid, South Bronx H.E.L.P. Shelter, New York, USA, 1993
Mary Ellen Mark, Diamond Settles, 'Halloween Mermaid, South Bronx H.E.L.P. Shelter, New York, USA, 1993
Mary Ellen Mark, Hippopotamus and Performer. Great Rayman Circus, Madras, India, 1989
Mary Ellen Mark, Hippopotamus and Performer. Great Rayman Circus, Madras, India, 1989
Mary Ellen Mark, Ram Prakash Singh with his Elephant Shyama, Great Golden Circus, Ahmedabad, India, 1990
Mary Ellen Mark, Ram Prakash Singh with his Elephant Shyama, Great Golden Circus, Ahmedabad, India, 1990
Mary Ellen Mark, Gail Hickey (20), Ian West (20), Thomas (baby, 1yr.), Redfern, New South Wales, Australia, 1987
Mary Ellen Mark, Gail Hickey (20), Ian West (20), Thomas (baby, 1yr.), Redfern, New South Wales, Australia, 1987
Mary Ellen Mark, Five year old Muslim School girl, Kayraat Kabbout of Nur Muslim Primary School, Australia, 1987
Mary Ellen Mark, Five year old Muslim School girl, Kayraat Kabbout of Nur Muslim Primary School, Australia, 1987
Mary Ellen Mark, Bridesmaids, Sydney, Australia, 1987
Mary Ellen Mark, Bridesmaids, Sydney, Australia, 1987
Mary Ellen Mark, Leesonn Roe and Yen-Lin Hsu, St. Mary's Catholic Primary School, 1987
Mary Ellen Mark, Leesonn Roe and Yen-Lin Hsu, St. Mary's Catholic Primary School, 1987
Mary Ellen Mark, Ernest McQuillans's Boxing Gym, Newtown, Sydney, Australia, 1987
Mary Ellen Mark, Ernest McQuillans's Boxing Gym, Newtown, Sydney, Australia, 1987
Mary Ellen Mark, Vera Antinoro, Rhoda Camporato, and Murry Goldman, Luigi's Italian American Club, Miami, Florida, 1993
Mary Ellen Mark, Vera Antinoro, Rhoda Camporato, and Murry Goldman, Luigi's Italian American Club, Miami, Florida, 1993
Mary Ellen Mark, James and Natasha Gurley on the Grass, Valdese, California 1990/ c. 2005
Mary Ellen Mark, James and Natasha Gurley on the Grass, Valdese, California 1990/ c. 2005
Mary Ellen Mark, Johnny Depp, 1993
Mary Ellen Mark, Johnny Depp, 1993
Mary Ellen Mark, Catherine Deneuve on the set of
Mary Ellen Mark, Catherine Deneuve on the set of "La Sirène du Missippi", 1969
Mary Ellen Mark, Federico Fellini on the set of
Mary Ellen Mark, Federico Fellini on the set of "Satyricon", 1969
Mary Ellen Mark, Sean Penn in his dressing room, Manhattan, New York, 1983
Mary Ellen Mark, Sean Penn in his dressing room, Manhattan, New York, 1983
Mary Ellen Mark, Francis Ford Coppola on the set of
Mary Ellen Mark, Francis Ford Coppola on the set of "Apocalypse Now", 1976/ 1977
Mary Ellen Mark, Marlon Brando on the set of
Mary Ellen Mark, Marlon Brando on the set of "Apocalypse now" directed by Francis Ford Coppola, 1979
Mary Ellen Mark, Dustin Hoffman on the set of
Mary Ellen Mark, Dustin Hoffman on the set of "Marathon Man" directed by John Schlesinger, 1976
Mary Ellen Mark, Dennis Hopper, 1979
Mary Ellen Mark, Dennis Hopper, 1979
Mary Ellen Mark for Vogue, July 1992
Mary Ellen Mark for Vogue, July 1992
Mary Ellen Mark for Vogue, November 1992
Mary Ellen Mark for Vogue, November 1992
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