For almost three decades, photographer Mary Ellen Mark has traveled the world, building a landmark career in the field of documentary photography by portraying such subjects as brothels in Bombay; runaway children in Seattle; circuses in India, Mexico, and Vietnam; and cultural icons ranging from Mother Theresa to Pamela Anderson. A humanistic eye permeates and unifies her work.
In addition to 11 books, Mark has published numerous photo essays and portraits in major international publications. Her advertising clients range from British Levis to Coca-Cola to Hasselblad. She is the recipient of an Infinity Award from the International Center of Photography for Journalism, a Hasselblad Foundation Grant, a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Matrix Award for outstanding woman in the field of film/photography, among others. Her most recent project, a book and traveling exhibition entitled Mary Ellen Mark: American Odyssey, features her photographs from the United States taken during the past 35 years. For more information, visit her Web site. More information on other Free Thursday events.