Mary Ellen Mark - Quotes

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Photograph the world as it is. Nothing's more interesting than reality. ---->>>

The obsessions we have are pretty much the same our whole lives. Mine are people, the human condition, life. ---->>>

I work in colour sometimes, but I guess the images I most connect to, historically speaking, are in black and white. I see more in black and white - I like the abstraction of it. ---->>>

Reality is always extraordinary. ---->>>

There are some people who become best friends with everyone they photograph. There are people that I really like and admire and respect, but in a way I think it's better to keep a distance. I think you get better pictures of people that you don't know very well.

There are some people who become best friends with everyone they photograph. There are people that I really like and admire and respect, but in a way I think it's better to keep a distance. I think you get better pictures of people that you don't know very well.

I just think it's important to be direct and honest with people about why you're photographing them and what you're doing. After all, you are taking some of their soul. ---->>>

I was fascinated by my own prom pictures. ---->>>

One of my all-time favorite photographers is Irving Penn. I wish I could have watched him work. ---->>>

When you're working on a film, it's almost like photographing paintings at a museum. You're photographing somebody else's world. I just try and interpret it and make it real, and make it what the actors are about, what the director is about, and what the film is about. ---->>>

I respect newspapers, but the reality is that magazine 'photojournalism' is finished. They want illustrations, Photoshopped pictures of movie stars.

I respect newspapers, but the reality is that magazine 'photojournalism' is finished. They want illustrations, Photoshopped pictures of movie stars.

I wanted to travel from the beginning. As a kid, I used to dream about airplanes, before I ever flew in one. ---->>>

Nowadays shots are created in post-production, on computers. It's not really photography.

Nowadays shots are created in post-production, on computers. It's not really photography.

I'm not against digital photography. It's great for newspapers. And there are photographers doing great work digitally. When they use Photoshop as a darkroom tool, that's fine, too. But at this point of my life, after so many years, I don't really want to change, and I still love film. ---->>>

Usually my ideas for work have revolved around my interest in people, especially people that live on the edges of society.

Usually my ideas for work have revolved around my interest in people, especially people that live on the edges of society.

I'm just interested in what makes a photograph. ---->>>

When I started out, it was considered very wrong to change an image. There were scandals if someone inserted a sky into a war picture or something. Now it's all about that. ---->>>

If I hadn't become a photographer, I would have loved to become a doctor. I would have loved to have done something that actually helped people and changed their lives. ---->>>

I think the prom is very serious also. It's an American ritual, it's a rite of passage, and it's very much a part of this country. ---->>>

I'm a documentary photographer. That's what I've always wanted to be; that's where my heart and soul is. ---->>>

I really knew when I started photographing I wanted it to be a way of knowing different cultures, not just in other countries but in this country, too, and I knew I wanted to be a voyeur. ---->>>

Sometimes I work on film sets. I've done this for 40 years. I always wanted to photograph on the set of an Ingmar Bergman film. Unfortunately, I never had the opportunity. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: American
Born: 03-20, 1940
Birthplace: Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, US
Die: 2015-05-25
Occupation: Photographer
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Mary Ellen Mark (March 20, 1940 – May 25, 2015) was an American photographer known for her photojournalism / documentary photography, portraiture, and advertising photography. She photographed people who were "away from mainstream society and toward its more interesting, often troubled fringes". Mark had 18 collections of her work published, most notably Streetwise and Ward 81 (wikipedia)