Photo essays are an awesome way to get messages across and have become even more important in today’s world since society is much more visual than they are textual. Traditionally, they were a fundamental tool for newspapers, but as time went on, websites and magazines started to use them to illustrate points and to inform. Today, they’re used even more so and in different ways of story telling. We did one a while back, but they can be far more developed than this and usually are.
Photographer Mary Ellen Mark was born in Philadelphia in 1940 and recently passed leaving behind quite the legacy of images. Her work was incredibly important; and it is evident by the fact that Magnum Photos included her as member for a while until she left, but also quite clear by all the awards that she won during her career.
In the 1960s, she moved to New York City and began photographing protests, transvestite culture, and what Times Square was back then–a gritty and dirty place that was all about sex. Her work also went on to address things like homelessness and other major social issues. “Usually my ideas for work have revolved around my interest in people, especially people that live on the edges of society.” she said about her own work.
It’s easy to say that her work influenced many photographers who came afterwards and that she was an inspiration for many photography students aspiring to do documentary work. But besides images, she is known for her interesting quotes that sometimes were funny and other times showed the realities of life.
In remembrance of Mary Ellen Mark, we’ve rounded up a number of quotes to remember her for.