Mary Ellen Mark: The Book of Everything

Martin Bell (Text by (Art/Photo Books)) Mary Ellen Mark (Photographer)
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Publish Date
September 22, 2020
10.2 X 13.5 X 3.8 inches | 16.45 pounds

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About the Author

MARTIN BELL, directed the narrative feature films American Heart starring Jeff Bridges and Hidden in America with both Jeff and Beau Bridges. His 1984 documentary film, Streetwise, follows the lives of runaway kids on the streets of Seattle and was nominated for an Academy Award.  His films The Amazing Plastic Lady, Twins, and Prom, are all companion pieces to his wife Mary Ellen Mark’s photographic projects. In 2012 he made seven short films about global pediatric healthcare also in conjunction with Mary Ellen’s photographs for Novartis’ annual report. He is currently working on two films exploring Mary Ellen’s 1976 project Ward 81. He continues to develop Mary Ellen’s photographic legacy through books, exhibitions, films, and The Mary Ellen Mark Foundation.

Renowned photographer Mary Ellen Mark's (born in Philadelphia, 1940; died in New York, 2015) numerous honors and awards included a Fulbright Scholarship, Guggenheim Fellowship, Cornell Capa Award, and the 2014 Lifetime Achievement in Photography Award from George Eastman House. During her lifetime, her photo essays and portraits were exhibited worldwide and appeared in numerous publications, including Life, the New York Times Magazine, and the New Yorker. Her photo essay on runaway children in Seattle became the basis of the Academy Award-nominated film Streetwise, directed and photographed by her husband Martin Bell, and was published in book form in 1988. Mark published twenty-one books, including American Odyssey (Aperture, 1999), Twins (Aperture, 2003), Exposure (2005), Seen Behind the Scene (2009), Prom (2012), and Tiny: Streetwise Revisited (Aperture, 2015). In addition to producing her own work, Mark taught photography workshops for nearly thirty years; her thoughts on teaching are captured in one of her final titles, Mary Ellen Mark on the Portrait and the Moment (Aperture's Photography Workshop Series, 2015).