Mary Ellen Mark

Renowned documentary photographer Mary Ellen Mark began honing her art as a child, taking pictures with a Box Brownie camera. Born in Philadelphia in 1940, Mark eventually attended the University of Pennsylvania, where ... Read more »
Born: 03/20/1940 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Filmography

Camera, Film, & Tape (5)

Babel 2006 (Movie)

Specials Photographer(Richard & Susan) (Photography)

Frank Herbert's Children of Dune 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Photography

The Believers 1987 (Movie)

special stills(Canada) (Photography)

Silkwood 1983 (Movie)

Special Photography (Photography)

Carnal Knowledge 1971 (Movie)

Still Photos by (Photography)
Actor (2)

Finding Vivian Maier 2014 (Movie)

(Herself)

Work of Art: The Next Great Artist 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor
Producer (1)

American Heart 1993 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)
Writer (1)

American Heart 1993 (Movie)

(From Story)
Visual Effects & Animation (1)

Quicksilver 1986 (Movie)

main title stills (Titles)

Biography

Renowned documentary photographer Mary Ellen Mark began honing her art as a child, taking pictures with a Box Brownie camera. Born in Philadelphia in 1940, Mark eventually attended the University of Pennsylvania, where she graduated with a degree in Art History and Painting in 1962. The following year, Mark won a Fulbright Scholarship to take photographs in Turkey. Many of the works she produced during her time there would later appear in her first book, "Passport," in 1974. After moving to New York in the late-'60s, Mark began photographing protesters, people from the transvestite community, and prostitutes. Her interest in documenting people who lived on the fringes of society would inform her acclaimed work for decades, with her photos appearing in publications like <i>The New Yorker</i> and <i>Rolling Stone</i>. Also around this time, Mark began acting as a unit photographer on movie sets, capturing production stills for films like "Carnal Knowledge" (1971), "Silkwood" (1983), and "Babel" (2006). Mark would win several accolades over the course of her career, including the Outstanding Contribution Photography Award from the World Photography Organisation, a Lifetime Achievement in Photography Award from the George Eastman House, and a Lucie Award for Outstanding Achievement in Documentary Photography. Mark died on May 25, 2015. She was 75 years old.

Relationships

Martin Bell Photography

Husband

EDUCATION

University of Pennsylvania

1962

Milestones

2003

Received a Lucie Award for Outstanding Achievement in Documentary Photography.

1992

Co-wrote and acted as associate producer for the motion picture "American Heart."

1974

Produced her first book, <i>Passport</i>.

1968

Began shooting production stills for movies, beginning with "Alice's Restaurant."

1965

Was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to take photographs in Turkey.

Bonus Trivia

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Began taking photographs with a Box Brownie camera as a child.

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Developed her style after moving to New York in the late-'60s, photographing demonstrations for the Women's Liberation Movement and the anti-Vientam War movement.

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Contributed photographs to publications like Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, Life, The New York Times, and The New Yorker.

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