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Mary Ellen Mark (55s) [Hardcover]

Charles Hagen , Mary Ellen Mark

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1 Jan 2006 55s
Acclaimed American documentary photographer Mary Ellen Mark (b. 1940) became well-known after her photographs of Bombay brothels were published in 1981 in Falkland Road, a book that became legendary and confirmed her status as one of the most prominent and provocative documentary photographers working today. Her pictures are a celebration of humanity in its most diverse and eccentric forms – circuses, gypsy camps, children yearning for adulthood, the poor and destitute are some of her recurring themes. This monograph is a concise introduction to her work, with a 4,000 word essay and 55 photographs and accompanying captions.

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Charles Hagen is a photographer and writer. An art critic for the New York Times from 1991 to 1996, he is currently Professor of Photography and Video at the University of Connecticut.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Splendid Introduction to Mary Ellen Mark's work 23 Oct 2004
By John Kwok - Published on Amazon.com
This is yet another in a spectacular series of Phaidon 55 books devoted to some of the most important photographers of our time. This terse volume on Mary Ellen Mark's work includes all of her major documentary photography essays, ranging from her landmark series on homeless teens in Seattle, featuring Tiny, the waifish prostitute she'd befriend, to circus performers in India and Mexico. Indeed her work truly demonstrates her strong interest and compassion for people, depicting homeless Americans, Irish Tinkers (Gypsies) and India's impoverished masses with much interest and empathy for each of her subjects. This splendid book truly captures the immense breadth and depth of Ms. Mark's work. For years I have greatly admire her work and am pleased that some of her finest images are available now in this inexpensive book. Photographer and writer Charles Hagen has a superb introductory essay on Ms. Mark and her career. Without question, this fine volume is an exceptional introduction to Mary Ellen Mark and her critically acclaimed documentary photography.
5.0 out of 5 stars POWERFUL IMAGES 5 July 2008
By NDT - Published on Amazon.com
i was introduced to Mark's images through her wonderful work in the picture book of the film BABEL. I was very impressed with her Magnum-esque images and after purchasing this book, i was equally as impressed by her talents. he Book whilst quite compact, beautifully presents some very strong and memorable images.
5.0 out of 5 stars A good introduction to an amazing photographic eye 15 July 2001
By angst24 - Published on Amazon.com
I read about the Phaidon 55S series in Popular Photography and thought I would check out the volume on Mary Ellen Mark. I have been drawn to her photographs for years and had recently seen an exhibition of her work in NYC. She has Walker Evan's gift for capturing moments in people's lives and she finds the life beyond the smile or grimace of the subject.Her subjects are lively and a bit wicked at times, but there is supreme truth in her photographs. This series gets its title from the fact that each book has 55 photos by the subject. The price is excellent for someone who wants to collect some great art for a low price. Great introduction to a talented artist....highly recommended.
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