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Mark, Mary Ellen (Photographer) & Naef, Weston (Contributor). MARY ELLEN MARK: EXPOSURE: THE ICONIC PHOTOGRAPHS. London, England: Phaidon Press, 2005. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 288 pages. Fine/Fine.

Massive retrospective collection of photographs. The single most complete and valuable book on the photographic art of Mary Ellen Mark. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, particularly the Softcover Edition. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now rare. An austerely elegant production by Phaidon Press and Mary Shanahan: Oversize-volume format. The book weighs 6 pounds. Pristine-white hard boards with metallic-silver titles embossed on spine, as issued. Photographs and Afterword by Mary Ellen Mark. Essay, "Family Ties", by Weston Naef, Curator of The Photography Department, Getty Museum Los Angeles. Chronology appended at the end. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper to the highest standards. In pristine-white DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Published in 2005 to celebrate Mary Ellen Mark's 40th Anniversary Year as a photographer. Presents, in a beautiful edition, the most comprehensive retrospective of Mary Ellen Mark's life-work. She made her first pictures in Turkey on a Fulbright Fellowship in 1960. Her photographs in the 1970's of Bombay brothels were published as "Falkland Road", a masterpiece and (together with "Ward 81"), the collection confirmed her stature as one of the most provocative documentary photographers of our time. "Mark's pictures are a celebration of humanity in its most diverse and eccentric forms. Circuses, gypsy camps, children yearning for adulthood, the poor and destitute are some of her recurring themes. Mark has the unique ability to capture gestures and expressions that translate the intense emotions of her subjects. Compassionate but never literal, her pictures can be humorous, tragic, enigmatic, shocking, and often, all of these simultaneously. Mark's images provide intimate insights into the lives of others, presenting compelling stories of human strength and suffering" (Winston Naef). Apart from the iconic images of the title, Mary Ellen Mark has included a generous selection of photographs that appear in book form for the very first time. Mary Ellen Mark died on May 25, 2015, Memorial Day, at the age of 75, an irreplaceable loss. A stunningly beautiful book. An absolute "must-have" title for Mary Ellen Mark collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen-marker on the half-title page by Mary Ellen Mark. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a contemporary photography classic. As far as we know, this is the only such signed copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. 118 duotone, 17 color plates. Voted by American Photo Magazine as the most important and most influential female photographer of all time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER MARY ELLEN MARK TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0714844047. $600.00

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