Mark is one of the most important photographers working in photojournalism and her photo series appeared in countless internationally respected magazines and US-American newspapers including Time, GEO, Stern, Life, and New York Times Magazine and won numerous prizes. At the same time, Mark belonged to the generation of photographers who were powerfully affected by shifts in photojournalism and magazine photography in the 1980s. Her career benefited from the fact that she taught workshops and photographed portraits of actors as well as working as a traditional editorial photographer. She approached the glitzy world of film with the same sensitivity and openness she brought to her other work.
Mary Ellen Mark . Encounters is the first major retrospective of this renowned photographer’s work worldwide. Melissa Harris and Sophia Greiff (C/O Berlin Foundation) have curated the exhibition, conceived in cooperation with The Mary Ellen Mark Foundation—the New York-based archive of the photographer’s work. The show brings together well-known and obscure prints and also presents rare archival materials including contact sheets, letters, and notebooks. An exhibition catalogue is published by Steidl.
The exhibition will open as part of Berlin Art Week 2023 on 15 SEP at C/O Berlin and will run until 18 JAN 2024.
Mary Ellen Mark (1940—2015) studied art and art history as well as photojournalism at the Annenberg School for Communication. As of 1963, she turned to narrative photography with an emphasis on social critique, and began with projects all around the world. Often initiated by commissions, she would continue working over the long term on her projects and published the pictures in relevant journals and magazines such as Life, People, Vogue, and Rolling Stone, the New Yorker, or Vanity Fair, before they were published in over 20 thematic monographs. Mary Ellen Mark taught workshops and was awarded diverse international fellowships and important prizes for her work before her death at age 75 in New York.