Mary Ellen Mark




I think what photography can do is open up all sorts of lives for people -- worlds that people couldn't understand. Some of the very dramatic pictures people have done, particularly of wars, the Vietnam war especially (because access was better), made people aware of how horrible it was – for example, the photograph that Eddie Adams took of General Nguyen Ngoc Loan executing a Viet Cong prisoner or the photograph that Nick Ut took of the burned child running down the street -- it's very important to make people aware of what's going on in the world.