Award-Winning American Photographer Mary Ellen Mark Dies at 75

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The award-winning photographer, whose career mixing documentary and portraiture spanned 40 years, passed away Monday in New York City, Philly.com reports.

Mark had a knack for capturing the essence of people — from circus performers and celebrities, to teenagers and families living on the edges of society. And indeed she was prolific, publishing 18 books, including massive retrospectives (Exposure) and intimate photo essays (Streetwise).

Her most recent photography book, Prom, captured that delightfully awkward rite of passage for teenagers in nearly 300 portraits taken across the country. Simple on their surface — black and white, basic backdrop, centered subject — the images are rich with detail — the teens’ postures, expressions, accessories, and clothes — that draw the viewer in for a closer look.

 

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Source: The Week | Lauren Hansen

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