In the fourth installment of Aperture Foundation's The Photography Workshop Series, Mary Ellen Mark (1940-2015) — well known for the emotional power of her pictures, be they of people or animals —offers her insight on observing the world and capturing dramatic moments that reveal more than the reality at hand.
Aperture Foundation works with the world’s top photographers to distill their creative approaches to, teachings on, and insights into photography—offering the workshop experience in a book. The goal is to inspire photographers at all levels who wish to improve their work, as well as readers interested in deepening their understanding of the art of photography. Through words and pictures, in this volume Mark shares her own creative process and discusses a wide range of issues, from gaining the trust of the subject and taking pictures that are controlled but unforced, to organizing the frame so that every part contributes toward telling the story.
Mary Ellen Mark
(Philadelphia, 1940 - New York, 2015) Internationally renowned photographer, she has won numerous awards including the Fulbright Scholarship, the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Cornell Capa Award and the 2014 Lifetime Achievement in Photography Award from the George Eastman House. Her reportages and portraits have been exhibited around the world and published in numerous magazines, including Life, the New York Times Magazine, and The New Yorker. Her report on Seattle's street children was published in a book in 1988 and inspired the Oscar-nominated film Streetwise, directed by her husband Martin Bell. Mark has published over twenty books, including American Odyssey (Aperture, 1999), Twins (Aperture, 2003), Exposure (2005), Seen Behind the Scene (2009) e Tiny: Streetwise Revisited (Aperture, 2015). Mark has taught photography for over thirty years.
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