1. “Mary Ellen Mark, Photographer Who Documented Difficult Subjects, Dies at 75.” The photographer, whose unflinching yet compassionate depictions of prostitutes in Mumbai, homeless teenagers in Seattle and mental patients in a state institution in Oregon made her one of the premier documentary photographers of her generation, died on Monday in Manhattan.
“The empathy and humanism of the work, published in book form in 1979, impressed critics. Robert Hughes, in Time, called Ward 81 ’one of the most delicately shaded studies of vulnerability ever set on film.’ After the show, Ms. Mark signed with the Magnum photo agency. Her interest in social outcasts remained a constant throughout her career, reflected in the book Falkland Road: Prostitutes of Bombay (1981), unusual for being in color. While on assignment for Life in 1983, she began photographing homeless teenagers in Seattle, a ragtag collection of small-time drug dealers, prostitutes and panhandlers who populate the pages of Streetwise, published in 1988. With her husband, the filmmaker Martin Bell, who survives her, she turned her encounters into a film, which was nominated for the Academy Award for best documentary in 1984.”