An Interview with Mary Ellen Mark (1990)

  “When it’s cropped I think, ‘God, it just doesn’t make sense. The picture’s no good any more. It’s not what I shot.’”   Interview by Constance Sullivan CS: You’ve been described as both a documentary photographer and a photojournalist. Do you make a distinction between the two? MARY ELLEN MARK: I have never known […]

Street Shooter – An Interview with Mary Ellen Mark (1987)

  Her most memorable work documents the lives of the dispossessed; those deprived by birth of the rights and amenities most of us take for granted, touch her.   By Janis Bultman, Darkroom Photography, Jan-Feb Issue, 1987 It was the early Sixties. Mary Ellen Mark was a graduate student, studying painting at the University of […]

Mary Ellen Mark – ‘Ward 81’ (1979)

Physically, she says, she’s never been the same since, and she’s scared she never will be. She’s afraid she may never be free of Ward 81. By Karen Folger Jacobs At first glance, they could be almost any group of women in any institutional lounge or day room–college students, staff personnel, or patients in any […]