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[ An older person dressed in an all-white suit, matching hat, and dark sunglasses stands on the beach on a cloudy day. The background of the photograph is framed on the left by a lone palm tree and is framed on the right by a pillar. The subject stands with their left hand on a short stone wall and looks off to the right of the photograph. ]

Mary Ellen Mark

Man in Suit on Beach, Miami 10/1986 , 1986

Artwork Type: Photographs
Medium: Gelatin silver print
Dimensions: 11 x 14 in. (27.94 x 35.56 cm)
Accession #: 19971249H
Credit: Collection of University Art Museum, University at Albany, State University of New York on behalf of University at Albany Foundation , Gift of Marvin and Carol Brown
Related Exhibitions:
Regarding Place: Photographs From The University Art Collections
Look This Way: Portraits from the University Art Collections
Affinities and Outliers: Highlights from the University at Albany Fine Art Collections
Object Label:
Mary Ellen Mark (1940–2015, American) documented marginalized people and communities for over four decades. Primarily working in black- and-white photography, Mark is one of the best-known photojournalists who humanized a less familiar America and turned her lens to other parts of the world. Her powerful, contextual images insist on a specific place and environment that shapes one’s identity. Many of her best-known photographs, such as those included in Affinities and Outliers, reflect a provocative style that captures her subject’s story in a single frame.
Affinities and Outliers: Highlights from the University at Albany Fine Art Collections

American, born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1940

 

Mary Ellen Mark is a renowned photojournalist whose black and white photographs have captured the extremes of life around the world for over four decades. Her search for subjects has taken her across America and to the streets of Calcutta. With candid intimacy, she photographs her subjects in their environments, creating powerful contextual images that reflect the impact of place in the shaping of personal identity.

 

Mark has published sixteen books and exhibited worldwide. Her work is in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Minneapolis Institute of Arts; Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, California; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.


Regarding Place: Photographs From The University Art Collections

Look This Way: Portraits from the University Art Collections

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