MARY ELLEN MARK was an American photographer known for her street photography, photojournalism, portraiture and advertising photography. Mark's photo essays and portraits appeared in such publications as LIFE, The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair and Smithsonian Magazine. For over five decades, she traveled extensively to make pictures that reflect a high degree of humanism. She published eighteen books(!), received numerous awards and exhibited her work in solo exhibitions galleries and museums worldwide. She is recognized as one of the most respected and influential photographers of the 20th century.
ASSIGNMENT OVERVIEW: Below is a Youtube video link featuring Mary Ellen Mark discussing her work and career. To help you understand the depth and breadth of her work, I have included a link that will download the New York Times obituary about Mark (she died in 2015). I've included this Times obit because it includes a number of additional links to articles and videos about this remarkable photographer. If you are having MSWord compatibility issues at home, here is a link to Mark's bio in PDF format -it will automatically open in a new window on your computer -but if you want to follow the links, you will have to download the NY Times obit and open links through that document. Read the last paragraph of the bio, I think we can all sympathize with her thoughts about being confined. WHAT TO DO: FIRST, WATCH THE VIDEO
• I have embedded the video to start at 4:37 minutes... This takes you to the introduction of Mark and avoids the "housekeeping" remarks at the beginning of the video. But if you wish to skip over the introduction, Mark begins speaking about her work at 7:38 minutes into the video -so you can scrub the YouTube playhead to that point in the video...
• Watch the first 42 minutes of the presentation -Mark provides an overview and describes her body of work.(You do not have to watch the series of brief films that follows Mark's slideshow. They are produced by Martin Bell, (Mark's husband) and commissioned by Novartis, a pharmaceuticals company. These films accompanied Mark's photography for Novartis, and "capture the diverse experiences of children in various settings, demonstrating the complex realities of global healthcare." Following the screening of the short videos, there is a question and answer period with Mark and the members of the audience).
WHAT TO DO: SECOND, TAKE THE ONLINE QUIZ
• Advanced Photography students watched this video and wrote a series of questions about images & topics presented throughout the video -specifically, from the beginning of the video through the 42 minute mark. I incorporated some of their questions and some of my own into this multiple choice online quiz, which is worth 20 points.