Mary Ellen Mark
  • Tiny in Seattle, 1983

    In 1983, Mary Ellen Mark began shooting a group of troubled youth on the streets of Seattle. Initially, Mark's work culminated into a publication called "Streetwise" and the 1984 documentary film of the same name by Mark's husband, filmmaker Martin Bell. "Streetwise" introduces us to several children who survive the Seattle streets as pimps, prostitutes, panhandlers, and smalltime drug dealers. Mark become focused on a girl nicknamed, Tiny, then 13 years old and an addict, prostitute living on the streets. Pictured, Tiny in Seattle, 1983
    Mary Ellen Mark
  • Rat and Mike with a Gun, 1983

    For over 30 years, Mark and her husband documented the life of Tiny from a 13-year-old to a middle-aged mother of 10. Before Mark's death on May 25, 2015, she and her husband were working with Aperture Gallery to republish and update "Streetwise." On May 25, 2016, a year after Mark's passing, Aperture Gallery is opening the exhibit, <a href="http://aperture.org/exhibition/tiny-streetwise-revisited-mary-ellen-mark/" target="external">"Tiny: Streetwise Revisited,"</a> with an accompanying publication, incorporating some of most the iconic and powerful images of Mark's career.
    Mary Ellen Mark
  • Bell's Academy Award nominated film "Streetwise" is also included in the exhibit to coincide with his soon-to-be released documentary film, "Tiny: The Life of Erin Blackwell." The new film will focus on Tiny from childhood to adulthood. Pictured, Tiny and her mother, Pat, 1983.
    Mary Ellen Mark
  • "Tiny: Streetwise Revisited" takes us on the life journey and evolution of Tiny. Aperture Gallery notes, "The commitment both Mark and Bell made to narrating Tiny’s life—the very fact of this long-term, ongoing relationship, and the trust it engendered— is in itself extraordinary." Pictured, Tiny pregnant with Daylon, 1985.
    Mary Ellen Mark
  • In a 1987 interview with Darkroom Photography, Mark expresses, "I'm interested in people who haven't had all the lucky breaks in life - people who are handicapped emotionally, physically or financially. Much of life if luck. No one can choose whether he's born into a wealthy, privileged home or born into extreme poverty." Pictured, Rayshon and Tiny on the couch, 1999
    Mary Ellen Mark
  • Titled, Tiny with Mikka smoking in bed, 1999
    Mary Ellen Mark
  • Titled, Pat, Julian, and Tiny in Pat's trailer, 2003
    Mary Ellen Mark
  • Titled, Mikka and J'Lisa on their way to the park, Seattle, 2014
    Mary Ellen Mark
  • Titled, J'Lisa doing a headstand on the stairs, 2014
    Mary Ellen Mark
  • "Tiny: Streetwise Revisited," is on view until June 30, 2016, at <a href="http://aperture.org/exhibition/tiny-streetwise-revisited-mary-ellen-mark/" target="external">at Aperture Gallery.</a> To read more about Tiny, <a href="http://aperture.org/shop/mary-ellen-mark-tiny-streetwise-revisited-books" target="external">click here</a>. Pictured, Tiny with her dogs Bean and Khloe, 2014.
    Mary Ellen Mark
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