Art News
Mary Ellen Mark
November 2002

Photograph by Marcela Taboada

As a photographer. Mark is a social documentarian, working almost exclusively in black and white. Mark, who travels widely, has captured tutuwearing dogs in Vietnam, gigolos in Miami, and street children in Seattle. Her current project is on twins, with a book (published by Aperture) and exhibition (at Kennedy Boesky Photographs/Marianne Boesky Gallery) scheduled for next year.

The first two books that very early on blew me away were The Decisive Moment by Henri Cartier‑Bresson and The Americans by Robert Frank (Viking, 1959; Scalo Verlag, 1998). These were the books that shaped me and opened my eyes. They're photographs with great content. I realized then that I wanted to do photographs with content.