Mary Ellen Mark, a trailblazing documentary photographer, could find the essence of a subject by relying on her passion and drive, keeping things simple but deeply honest.
Melissa Harris, the editor in chief at Aperture, who edited two books with Ms. Mark and was a close friend, described her as “a force of nature” who pushed herself despite her illness. She described Ms. Mark as someone who cared deeply about people and calling attention to injustice. That meant going back often to her subjects, in order to delve deeply into their lives, relying on that connection to give her work a humane touch.
"I've never taken an assignment," Stock said when he addressed a gathering of photojournalism students at the University of Texas in Austin's School of Journalism in 2009. "I've always photographed what I wanted to be photographing, and then worried about selling the pictures or doing something with them afterwards. I've always shot for myself, and when you're shooting what you're interested in shooting, you're always going to be happy," Stock told Magnum photographer Eli Reed's students.
Photographer Burgess S. Blevins, whose career as a commercial photographer spanned nearly four decades, died suddenly on September 27th while hunting on the Maryland farm where he was raised. He was 73 years old. Blevins began his career in the late 1960s