American Photo
The 100 most important people in photography
Mary Ellen Mark PHOTOGRAPHER
May 2005
BY J.C.

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By Marcela Taboada

In a vast body of work ranging from celebrity portraiture to documentary photojournalism, Mary Ellen Mark consistently blends humanistic compassion with visual artistry. In a 1998 poll, American Photo's readers selected her as the 'Most Influential Woman Photographer." For her 2002 book, Twins (Aperture), Mark created a remarkable series of 20x24 Polaroids of biological mates, collected in an exhibition that is still traveling. She's currently working with Phaidon Press on a major retrospective volume. Mark has also distinguished herself as a lecturer, workshop instructor, writer (1997's Matthew Brady and the image of History) and film producer (1992's American Heart). But she's best known for her empathetic, evocative photos. In Mark's words: "What's interesting is the person I'm photographing, and that's what I try to show." – J.C.

PAST WINNERS

100 Most Important People in Photography 1994

22 Marysa Maslansky  Photographers' Agent
23 Mary Ellen Mark  Photographer
24 Jack Woody Book Publisher
25 Laurie Kratochvil  Photo Editor
26 Calvin Klein Designer

100 Most Important People in Photography 1998

55 James Danziger Gallery Owner
56 Mary Ellen Mark Photographer
57 Daite Kaplan Curator

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