O The Oprah Magazine
She Couldn't Look Away
July 2005
Photograph by Mary Ellen Mark

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: Ram Prakash Singh with his elephant Shyama, Great Golden Circus, Ahmedabad, India, 1990.

Mary Ellen Mark's soul-baring documentary photographs—of down‑and‑out American families, preteen prostitutes in Bombay, blind Ukrainian children—reveal the beauty behind grim reality. Mary Ellen Mark: Exposure (Phaidon) presents 134 of Mark's own favorites, culled from thousands in her personal archive, along with her deeply felt commentary about how she has tried to become "a voice for the overlooked," developing friendships as well as photographs over the course of her spectacular 40‑year career.