MARY ELLEN MARK WAS AN ESTEEMED AMERICAN PHOTOGRAPHER KNOWN FOR HER PORTRAITS AND HER WORK IN ADVERTISING AND PHOTOJOURNALISM. SHE TRAVELLED MANY CITIES IN THE WORLD, PHOTOGRAPHING THE SETS OF MANY FAMOUS FILMS AND PUBLISHING WORKS ON GLOBALLY RENOWNED MAGAZINES.
The simplicity of the appearance extends into her photographic world of lights and shadows, where her subjects always come first. The photographer crosses and penetrates the gaze to reach the profound. Her photographs strike us for their beauty, their simplicity, and for a meditation and a respect for life in a real connection with the photographed people. Her deepest intent is to use the camera as a tool to narrate, to enter the lives of the depicted characters, and to satisfy her photographic curiosity. A direct, sincere, and simple style, where people are genuine and authentic, in order to grab their essence and narrate their lives through her eye. They don’t pretend and don’t show, they simply give themselves to her. The absolute respect of her subjects, the spirit of denunciation and sincere interest towards the least important people, are the hallmarks of her wonderful works.
“Photograph the world as it is. Nothing’s more interesting than reality.”