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Eminent American Photographer Mary Ellen Mark passed away

May 29, 2015 10:00 IST

Celebrated American Photographer Mary Ellen Mark on 25 May 2015 died at Manhattan in New York, USA. She was 75.

She was regarded as one of the best documentary photographers of her generation.

She took a classic documentary approach to often difficult material and usually worked in black and white.

Her works were exhibited at galleries and museums worldwide and had been widely published in LIFE, the New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, and Vanity Fair.

She wrote 18 books and was working on her 19th for Aperture Foundation.

Her most notable works include Streetwise, which depicted sordid state of teenagers in Seattle, and Ward 81, which focused on patients of the secluded wards in the Oregon State Mental Hospital. She was also famous for documenting the lives of sex workers in Mumbai.

She was a member of Magnum Photos between 1977 and 1981.

She received numerous accolades, including three Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards, three fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the 2014 Lifetime Achievement in Photography Award from the George Eastman House and the Outstanding Contribution Photography Award from the World Photography Organisation.

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