A marvelously candid and honest documentation of the people of Turkey was captured on camera by Mary Ellen Mark as she made her way throughout the cities and small towns of this country. The recipient of a Fuibright grant, she toured extensively over a period of six months; the photographs with which she returned rank as an important achievement as to her ability and capability as a highly imaginative and competent photographer who confirmed the committee's okay to extend her a grant. Mary Ellen Mark is a torrid combination of youthful energy and curiosity plus an innate sense of perception that enables her to see and "frame" the scene or subject before her almost immediately.
To choose the seven pictures for these four pages from the hundreds taken was almost an impossible task- people seemed to be the answer. The old couple saying their farewells to each other; a proud father with smiling eyes showing off his small son; the man with the rakish tilt to his hat and his almost unreal mustache "who loved being photographed;" kids, one turned his eyes inside out, heckling her; poignant children; old workers who stopped to look into her camera-all these photographs portray great beauty and strength. Look at them carefully.