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Mary Ellen Mark is gone.

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I just happened upon the news that Mary Ellen Mark died yesterday. Such a loss. I've always said if I could choose a photographer to take my portrait it would be her. I think she would have showed me who I am. There are a lot of articles about her online. Here is one.

 

http://time.com/3896572/mary-ellen-mark-dies-at-75/

 

And from the New York Times.

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/27/arts/design/mary-ellen-mark-photographer-who-documented-difficult-subjects-dies-at-75.html

 

Sadly,

Paulette

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I am sorry to hear, Mary Ellen was an inspiration to me and someone who's work I always looked up to.

 

In my opinion, she was one of the last true "photojournalists"

 

RIP Mary Ellen.

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She was one of a number of very interesting American female documentary photographers. 

 

Photojournalism as it was once constituted may be on its last legs, but documentary photography is very much alive and well. 

 

The great art critic Robert Hughes was a fan of her work, which is indicative of which market now best supports documentary photography.

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I am hoping we will have some exhibits of her work now. Seeing the actual prints is always so much better than looking at a photographer's work in a book.

 

Paulette

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More about her -- with several series of images.

 

http://time.com/3897894/mary-ellen-mark-tribute/

 

I'm surprised that this thread has been so short. She has always seemed very special to me. I don't do people and am somewhat in awe of those who do. Sometimes when photos are of "marginal" people -- as many of hers are -- I am uneasy about them. Are we being hurtful somehow -- disrespectful of their humanity? I don't feel that way about her images. She had such interest in people and compassion for them.

 

Paulette

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More about her -- with several series of images.

 

http://time.com/3897894/mary-ellen-mark-tribute/

 

I'm surprised that this thread has been so short. She has always seemed very special to me. I don't do people and am somewhat in awe of those who do. Sometimes when photos are of "marginal" people -- as many of hers are -- I am uneasy about them. Are we being hurtful somehow -- disrespectful of their humanity? I don't feel that way about her images. She had such interest in people and compassion for them.

 

Paulette

 

As much as I'm saddened by her death, I'm pleasantly surprised by the amazing response on Facebook. Her images have touched so many people.

 

fD

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