May 27, 2015

Mary Ellen Mark ~ Photographer Extraordinaire

March 20, 1940 - May 25, 2015
 March 20, 1940 - May 25, 2015
March 20, 1940 - May 25, 2015
photo by Chris Felver 
Getty Images
March 20, 1940 - May 25, 2015



The brilliant photographer, Mary Ellen Mark, died a couple of days ago on May 25. She was one of my many photographer icons.  

As did Diane Arbus, Mark photographed people who were "away from mainstream society and toward its more interesting, often troubled fringes".  - Andrew Long, "Brilliant Careers: Mary Ellen Mark", Salon, March 28, 2000.  

Some of her many gritty images . . . 

Seattle Street Kids ~ 1983 
photo by Mary Ellen Mark

Seattle Street Kids ~ 1983
Friends Rat, 16 (left), and Mike, 17, have this Colt .45 
only for defense against men who try to pick them up or rob them. 
 "I get hassled a lot" says Rat. "Mike's my protection."
They picked Seattle because Mike had once lived there.
photo by Mary Ellen Mark 
Streets of the Lost ~ Life Magazine
July 1983
Text: Cheryl McCall





Two brothers, Tulsi and Basant, 
Great Famous Circus, 
serie Indian Circus, 1989
C print






Girl Sifting through Ashes at the Burning Ghats, 

Benares, India, 1989




Mark once said, "Nowadays shots are created in post-production, on computers. It's not really photography." 


Mary Ellen Mark website   
    
New York Times obit  
    
Tim Burton on Time Lightbox       
    
Mary Ellen Mark images        




Thank you for all your glorious images.




Styrous® ~ Wednesday, May 27, 2015


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