Mary Ellen Mark


Mary Ellen Mark was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States on March 20th, 1940 and is the Photographer. At the age of 75, Mary Ellen Mark biography, profession, age, height, weight, eye color, hair color, build, measurements, education, career, dating/affair, family, news updates, and networth are available.

Date of Birth
March 20, 1940
United States
Place of Birth
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Death Date
May 25, 2015 (age 75)
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Journalist, Photographer, Photojournalist, Screenwriter
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Mary Ellen Mark Life

Mary Ellen Mark (March 20, 1940 – May 25, 2015) was an American photographer known for her photojournalism, documentary photography, portraiture, and advertising photography.

"Out of mainstream culture and into its more interesting, often troubling fringes," Mark had 18 collections of her work, most notably Streetwise and Ward 81.

Her work has been on view and museum exhibitions around the world, as well as in Life, Rolling Stone, The New York Times, and Vanity Fair.

Between 1977 and 1981, she was a member of Magnum Photos.

She has received several honors, including three Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards, three fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the 2014 Lifetime Achievement in Photography Award from the George Eastman House, and the Outstanding Contribution Photography Award from the World Photography Organisation.

Life and work

Mark was born and raised in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania. At age nine, I began photographing with a Box Brownie camera. She attended Cheltenham High School, where she was head cheerleader and had a natural talent for painting and drawing. In 1962, she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting and art history at the University of Pennsylvania. After graduating, she worked briefly in Philadelphia's urban planning department before returning to the Annenberg School of Communication for Photography, which she earned in 1964. Mark received a Fulbright Scholarship to photograph in Turkey for a year, the year after which she published her first book, Passport (1974). When she was there, she went to photograph England, Germany, Greece, Italy, and Spain.

According to one reporter, "away from mainstream society and toward its more interesting, often troubled fringes" in 1966 or 1967. Her photography explored social issues such as hunger, loneliness, heroin use, and prostitution. Throughout Mark's career, children are a recurring topic. "I've always believed that children and teenagers are not "children," she said of her subjects. I see them as young people and I either love them or not like them. I also have a fascination with mental disorders. And strange people are outside of society's boundaries. "I'd rather take things from another culture that are universal, and that we can all relate to." I try to show them their way of life." I also have a penchant for people who haven't had the greatest social breaks." Recognizing their existence is more important than anything else. Mark was known for her strong relationships with her subjects. She spent six weeks with the patients in Oregon State Hospital's women's security ward, and for Falkland Road (1981), she spent three months befriending the prostitutes who lived on a single long street in Bombay. Streetwise (1988) with writer Cheryl McCall, was turned into the documentary film Streetwise, directed by her husband Martin Bell and with a soundtrack by Tom Waits.

Mark was also a unit photographer on film sets, shooting film stills of more than 100 films, including Arthur Penn's Alice's Restaurant (1969), and Baz Luhrmann's Australia (2008). Federico Fellini's shooting Satyricon (1969) was photographed for Look magazine.

Mark worked with film, from 35 mm, 120/220, 45-inch view camera, and a 2024 Polaroid Land Camera, mainly in black and white with Kodak Tri-X film.

She published 18 books of photographs and contributed to Life, Rolling Stone, The New York Times, and Vanity Fair's. Mark was transparent with her photography about her decision to use what she saw in the world for her art, and she's said, "I just want to be open and honest with people about why you're photographing them and what you're doing." After all, you're taking a piece of their soul."

Mark started Magnum Photos in 1977 and left in 1981, founding Archive Pictures and then 1988, establishing her own studio. She served as a guest juror for the photography call for entries at The Center for Fine Art Photography in New York, Mexico, and the Center for Photography at Woodstock.

She was the cowriter, associate producer, and still photographer for the film American Heart (1992), starring Jeff Bridges and Edward Furlong and Martin Bell. It portrays a sarcastic ex-convict who is attempting to reclaim his life.

Mark died in Manhattan on May 25, 2015, at the age of 75, of myelodysplastic syndrome, a blood disorder exacerbated by bone marrow dysfunction.