A Tribute to Mary Ellen Mark


Mary Ellen Mark in 2000. Credit Chris Felver/Getty Images.

On Monday, May 25th, 2015, renowned photographer Mary Ellen Mark died in Manhattan. Her photographs of the famous and “unfamous,” as she called them, were compassionate, unflinching, and empathetic documentary works. From prostitutes in Mumbai to homeless teenagers in Seattle and mental patients in Oregon, Mark’s photos cut to the humanity of her subjects.

Mark taught at SVA in various capacities from the 1970s to the 80s. In 1977 she gave a lecture series ; in 1983 she taught at the Morocco Summer Program; in 1988 she taught a graduate course documentary photography as a faculty member in the Fine Arts department. In 1996, SVA honored Mark in the annual award exhibition, the Masters Series.

Here in the SVA Library we’ve put together a display to honor the late photographer with items from our collections. Take a look the next time you visit; all items are discoverable via our catalog.


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