Surprising Portraits: Mary Ellen Mark’s Street Photography

Mary Ellen Mark (March 20, 1940 – May 25, 2015) made portraits of unfamiliar people and the well known in unfamiliar places. Her subjects exude self-possession and ease within their own skin. She said of her passion for street photography: “I just took a walk and started making contact with people and photographing them, and I thought: ‘I love this. This is what I want to do for ever.’”

Later, she added: “When it’s good and interesting it’s still that feeling of being on the street and wondering — God, I love this! — what’s going to happen next?”
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