Quote of the Week by Mary Ellen Mark


“I don’t think you can develop or learn a way of seeing or a point of view. A way of seeing is who you are, how you think and how you create images. It is something that is inside of you. It’s how you look at the world.” —Mary Ellen Mark (1940-2015)

Mary Ellen Mark was born in Philadelphia and earned a BA in painting and art history and an MA in photojournalism, both from the University of Pennsylvania. Some of her most celebrated work documented the plight of the dispossessed, whether psychiatric patients of the Oregon State hospital for her classic book Ward 81 (1979) or the street prostitutes of Bombay, for Falkland Road (1981). Her work was published in numerous publications such as Life, The New York Times, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker and Rolling Stone, among others. She has been bestowed with multiple awards including the Cornell Capa Award (2001), the Infinity Award (1997), the Erna & Victor Hasselblad Foundation grant (1997), and the John Simon Guggenheim fellowship (1994).

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