Attitude: Portraits by Mary Ellen Mark, 1964–2015

Main Gallery

May 5 – June 29, 2016

Attitude: Portraits by Mary Ellen Mark, 1964–2015 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2016

Craig Scamardo and Cheyloh Mather at the Boerne Rodeo, Texas, 1991
Gelatin silver print; printed later
24 x 20 inches

Attitude: Portraits by Mary Ellen Mark, 1964–2015 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2016

Tiny blowing a bubble (during "Streetwise"), Seattle, 1983
Gelatin silver print; printed later
16 x 20 inches

Attitude: Portraits by Mary Ellen Mark, 1964–2015 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2016

Girl jumping over a wall, Central Park, New York City, 1967
Gelatin silver print; printed later
20 x 16 inches

Attitude: Portraits by Mary Ellen Mark, 1964–2015 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2016

Beautiful Emine posing, Trabzon, Turkey, 1965
Gelatin silver print; printed later
20 x 16 inches

Attitude: Portraits by Mary Ellen Mark, 1964–2015 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2016

Amanda and Her Cousin Amy Valdese, North Carolina, 1990
Gelatin silver print; printed later
16 x 20 inches

Attitude: Portraits by Mary Ellen Mark, 1964–2015 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2016

Chrissy Damm and Adam Johnson, Llano, California, 1994
Gelatin silver print; printed later
16 x 20 inches

Attitude: Portraits by Mary Ellen Mark, 1964–2015 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2016

Wildwood, New Jersey, 1991
Gelatin silver print; printed later
20 x 16 inches

Attitude: Portraits by Mary Ellen Mark, 1964–2015 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2016

Husband and Wife, Harlan County, Kentucky, 1971
Gelatin silver print; printed later
20 x 16 inches

Attitude: Portraits by Mary Ellen Mark, 1964–2015 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2016

Million Youth March, Harlem, New York City, 1998
Gelatin silver print; printed later
20 x 16 inches

Mary Ellen Mark - Attitude - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2016

Robin Frazier and Keicon Cherry, Charlottesville Hight Prom, Charlottesville, VA, April 26, 2008
Polaroid
30 x 22 inches

Attitude: Portraits by Mary Ellen Mark, 1964–2015 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2016

Jameelia Ricks and Marielle Evangelista, Ithaca High School Prom, June 21, 2008
Polaroid
30 x 22 inches

Attitude: Portraits by Mary Ellen Mark, 1964–2015 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2016

Valerie Emanuel and Cathy Jeffery, Palisades Charter High School Prom, Los Angeles, California, May 16, 2008
Polaroid
30 x 22 inches

Mary Ellen Mark - Attitude - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2016

Jenna and Meredith Spivey, Twinsburg, Ohio, 2001
Polaroid
30 x 22 inches

Mary Ellen Mark - Attitude - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2016

Spencer and Skyler Szbkowski, Twinsburg, Ohio, 2001
Polaroid
30 x 22 inches

Mary Ellen Mark - Attitude - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2016

Don and Dave Wolf, Twinsburg, Ohio, 2002
Polaroid
30 x 22 inches

Attitude: Portraits by Mary Ellen Mark, 1964–2015 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2016

John Lee Hooker, Redwood City, California, 1998
Gelatin silver print; printed later
16 x 20 inches

Attitude: Portraits by Mary Ellen Mark, 1964–2015 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2016

Clayton Moore, the Former "Lone Ranger", Los Angeles, California, 1992
Gelatin silver print; printed later
20 x 16 inches

Attitude: Portraits by Mary Ellen Mark, 1964–2015 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2016

Sean Penn in his dressing room, Manhattan, New York, 1983
Gelatin silver print; printed later
20 x 24 inches

Attitude: Portraits by Mary Ellen Mark, 1964–2015 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2016

Johnny Depp on location, "Sleepy Hollow," England, 1999
Gelatin silver print; printed later
20 x 24 inches

Attitude: Portraits by Mary Ellen Mark, 1964–2015 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2016

Henry Miller and Twinka, Pacific Palisades, California, 1975
Gelatin silver print; printed later
20 x 16 inches

Attitude: Portraits by Mary Ellen Mark, 1964–2015 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2016

Jeff Bridges on the set of "American Heart", Seattle, Washington, 1991
Gelatin silver print; printed later
20 x 16 inches

Attitude: Portraits by Mary Ellen Mark, 1964–2015 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2016

Patrick Swayze at home, Lakeview, California, 1995
Gelatin silver print; printed later
24 x 20 inches

Attitude: Portraits by Mary Ellen Mark, 1964–2015 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2016

Woody Allen on his balcony, Manhattan, NY, 1979
Gelatin silver print; printed later
20 x 16 inches

Attitude: Portraits by Mary Ellen Mark, 1964–2015 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2016

Etta James and Strappy, Riverside, California, 1997
Gelatin silver print; printed later
20 x 16 inches

Attitude: Portraits by Mary Ellen Mark, 1964–2015 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2016

Federico Fellini on the  Set of "Fellini Satyricon," Rome, Italy, 1969
Gelatin silver print; printed later
20 x 24 inches

Attitude: Portraits by Mary Ellen Mark, 1964–2015 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2016

Marlon Brando fascinated by a dragonfly, "Apocalypse Now," Pagsanjan, Philippines, 1976
Gelatin silver print; printed later
16 x 20 inches

Attitude: Portraits by Mary Ellen Mark, 1964–2015 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2016

Mother Teresa at the Home for the Dying, Mother Teresa's Missions of Charity, Calcutta, India, 1980
Gelatin silver print; printed later
16 x 20 inches

Attitude: Portraits by Mary Ellen Mark, 1964–2015 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2016

Seated Nepalese girls, waiting for customers, Falkland Road, Bombay, India, 1978
Dye transfer print; printed later
19 x 22 1/4 inches

Attitude: Portraits by Mary Ellen Mark, 1964–2015 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2016

Lata nude, laughing with her customer in her bed, Falkland Road, Bombay, India, 1978
Dye transfer print; printed later
18 1/2 x 22 3/4 inches

Attitude: Portraits by Mary Ellen Mark, 1964–2015 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2016

Pinky practicing, Great Royal Circus, Cochin, India, 1992
Gelatin silver print; printed later
20 x 16 inches

Attitude: Portraits by Mary Ellen Mark, 1964–2015 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2016

Contortionist with Her Puppy Sweety, Great Raj Kamal Circus, Upleta, India, 1989
Gelatin silver print, printed later
14 x 11 inches

Attitude: Portraits by Mary Ellen Mark, 1964–2015 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2016

Gloria and Raja, Great Gemini Circus, Perintalmanna, India, 1989
Gelatin silver print; printed later
16 x 20 inches

Attitude: Portraits by Mary Ellen Mark, 1964–2015 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2016

Ram Prakash Singh with His Elephant Shvama, Great Golden Circus Ahmedabad, India, 1990
Gelatin silver print; printed later
20 x 16 inches

Attitude: Portraits by Mary Ellen Mark, 1964–2015 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2016

Older couple in bar, New York City, 1977
Gelatin silver print; printed later
16 x 20 inches

Attitude: Portraits by Mary Ellen Mark, 1964–2015 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2016

Vera Antinoro, Rhoda Camporato and Murray Goldman,  Luigi's Italian American Club, Miami, Florida, 1993
Gelatin silver print; printed later
16 x 20 inches

Attitude: Portraits by Mary Ellen Mark, 1964–2015 - Howard Greenberg Gallery - 2016

Sue Gallo Baugher and Fay Gallo, Twinsburg, Ohio, 1998
Gelatin silver print; printed later
24 x 20 inches

Press Release

New York City – An exhibition of photographs by Mary Ellen Mark will be on view at Howard Greenberg Gallery from May 5 – June 19, 2016. Spanning the breadth of her dazzling career, Attitude: Portraits by Mary Ellen Mark, 1964–2015, celebrates nearly 40 of Mark’s most enduring images. An opening reception for the exhibition will be held on Thursday, May 5, from 6 – 8 p.m.

 

A related exhibition, Tiny: Streetwise Revisited, Photographs by Mary Ellen Mark, will be on view at Aperture in New York from May 26 – June 30, 2016.

 

Mary Ellen Mark, who passed away last year, is known for her photojournalism, documentary photography, and notably, her portraiture. Attitude: Portraits by Mary Ellen Mark, 1964–2015 is curated by Melissa Harris, editor-at-large, Aperture Foundation, who notes, “In choosing the images from among many of her key series, I was defining attitude in terms of a sense of self, a kind of awareness and confidence, self-possession.”

 

The exhibition surveys highlights from many of her series including Indian Circus, humorous and bizarre shots of performers and contortionists and their animals from India’s liveliest circuses; and Falkland Road, gritty images of prostitutes and their patrons on a notorious street in Bombay.  Selections from Twins and Prom explore – in large format Polaroids – siblings at the Twins Days Festival in Twinsburg, Ohio, and prom-goers across the U.S. Images from Mark’s work for LIFE magazine about the Damms, a homeless family in California, express the grim reality of survival on spare change and welfare checks.

 

Also on view will be work from Streetwise, which portrays homeless and troubled youth in Seattle including a girl named Tiny. Work from Tiny: Streetwise Revisited, her series completed in 2015, encapsulates Mark’s 30-plus years photographing Tiny, now a middle-aged mother of ten. Mark also photographed on film sets and is known for her celebrity portraits including images of Marlon Brando, Sean Penn, Woody Allen, and Yoko Ono.

 

Through her work, Mark “got you to feel, without telling you what or how to feel,” noted Harris.  “She was passionate and compassionate. Life mattered. Animals mattered. People mattered.”
 

About Mary Ellen Mark

Mary Ellen Mark (1940-2015) was born in Philadelphia and achieved worldwide visibility through her photographs. For over four decades, she traveled extensively to make influential pictures that reflect a high degree of humanism. During her lifetime, her photo essays and portraits were exhibited worldwide and appeared in numerous publications, including LIFE, The New York Times Magazine, and The New Yorker. Her photo essay on runaway children in Seattle became the basis of the Academy Award–nominated film Streetwise, directed and photographed by her husband Martin Bell, and was published in book form in 1988. Mark published 21 books, including Ward 81 (Simon & Schuster, 1979), Falkland Road (Knopf, 1981), Streetwise (second printing, Aperture, 1992), American Odyssey (Aperture, 1999), Twins (Aperture, 2003), Exposure (Phaidon, 2005), Seen Behind the Scene (Phaidon, 2009), Prom (Getty, 2012), and Tiny: Streetwise Revisited (Aperture, 2015).

 

In addition to producing her own work, Mark taught photography workshops for nearly 30 years, most notably in Oaxaca, Mexico. Her thoughts on teaching are captured in one of her final titles, Mary Ellen Mark on the Portrait and the Moment (Aperture’s Photography Workshop Series, 2015).

 

Her work has been exhibited internationally and is in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art and the International Center of Photography, New York; Bibliotheque nationale de France and Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; California Museum of Photography, Riverside; Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, AZ; Corcoran Gallery of Art; Washington; Detroit Institute of Arts; Centro Fotografico Alvarez Bravo, Oaxaca;  El Centro de la Imagen, Mexico City;  George Eastman House, Rochester, NY; The Hague Museum of Photography, J. Paul Getty Museum, Malibu; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; The Marguilies Collection, Miami; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; the Seattle Art Museum; the Vincent Van Gogh Foundation, Arles; and the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven; among others.

 

Her honors and awards included a Fulbright Scholarship, Guggenheim Fellowship, Cornell Capa Award, and the 2014 Lifetime Achievement in Photography Award from George Eastman House.