Mary Ellen Mark (1940-2015) | The Art of Photography

Mary Ellen Mark grew up in Philadelphia in the 1940’s. She received a BFA in painting and art history from the University of Philadelphia in 1962. It was there that she met and became friends with Harold Feinstein who was teaching at the Annenberg School for Communication. After graduating, she worked briefly as a drafter for a city planning office. She quickly realized that she had no interest in drawing for a living. She had already embraced photography and decided to enroll in the masters’ program at Annenberg and she graduated in 1964. The following year, Mary Ellen received a Fulbright scholarship to photograph in Turkey. Early elements of her style began to emerge as she documented local people and began to embrace an intimate style of environmental type portraits that brought her subjects into a relationship with the viewer. Her travels included other countries and cultures as well and began to plant the seeds for future projects……..


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