Mary Ellen Mark

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Mary Ellen Mark is recognised for her documentary work which often explored themes of marginalisation and social injustice. Mark's work captured the lives of people on the fringes of society with compassion and intimacy, including the homeless, refugees, and circus performers.

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Artist Biography

Born in Pennsylvania, Mary Ellen Mark (1940 – 2015) completed a Masters degree in photojournalism. In 1971, she joined Magnum Photos, the prestigious photo agency, of which she was a member for ten years. Her photography is characterised by the empathy with which she depicts her subjects, often focusing her camera on overlooked aspects of society and its marginalised communities. Her work has been published in LIFE, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair and the New York Times Magazine.

Mark published over 20 books of her photographs and has been the subject of numerous exhibitions internationally. She also received numerous awards, grants and honours for her work, including three fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Lifetime Achievement in Photography Award from the George Eastman House, and the Outstanding Contribution Photography Award from the World Photography Organisation.

© Mary Ellen Mark Foundation, Courtesy Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York


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