Mary Ellen Mark

March 3, 2011 - April 3, 2011

Ward 81, Oregon State Hospital, Salem, Oregon
1976
silver gelatin print
11" X 14"

Image © Mary Ellen Mark

Ward 81, Oregon State Hospital, Salem, Oregon
1976
silver gelatin print
11" X 14"

Image © Mary Ellen Mark

Ward 81, Oregon State Hospital, Salem, Oregon
1976
silver gelatin print
11" X 14"

Image © Mary Ellen Mark

Falkland Road, Bombay, India.
1978
cibachrome print

On Falkland Road some of the prostitutes attract customers from cages on the street level. Image © Mary Ellen Mark

Falkland Road, Bombay, India.
1978
cibachrome print

Early morning in the Olympia Cafe. Image © Mary Ellen Mark

Falkland Road, Bombay, India.
1978
cibachrome print

Image © Mary Ellen Mark

Gloria and Ravi, a Trainer, with His Bear Gemini. Gemini Circus, Perintalmanna.
1989
platinum print
19" X 19"

Image © Mary Ellen Mark

Ram Prakash Singh with His Elephant Shyama. Great Golden Circus, Ahmedabad.
1990
platinum print
19" X 19"

Image © Mary Ellen Mark

Rani, Star of the Dog Act. Great Bombay Circus. Limbdi.
1990
platinum print
19" X 19"

Image © Mary Ellen Mark

Mary Ellen Mark

Falkland Road, Indian Circus, and Ward 81

Blue Sky is proud to present Mary Ellen Mark’s first solo exhibition in Portland featuring original prints from three remarkable bodies of work: “Falkland Road,” “Indian Circus,” and “Ward 81” made at the Oregon State Hospital in Salem in the mid-1970s.

Mary Ellen Mark is today recognized as one of our most respected and influential photographers. She is a contributing photographer to The New Yorker and has published photo-essays and portraits in such publications as LIFE, New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, and Vanity Fair. For over four decades, she has traveled extensively to make pictures that reflect a high degree of humanism. A photo essay on runaway children in Seattle became the basis of the Academy Award-nominated film Streetwise (1984), directed and photographed by her husband, Martin Bell.

Mary Ellen was presented with the Cornell Capa Award by the International Center of Photography in 2001. She has also received the Infinity Award for Journalism, an Erna & Victor Hasselblad Foundation Grant, and a Walter Annenberg Grant. Among her other awards are the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, the Matrix Award for outstanding woman in the field of film and photography, and the Dr. Erich Salomon Award for outstanding merits in the field of journalistic photography. She was also presented with honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degrees from her Alma Mater, the University of Pennsylvania and the University of the Arts; three fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts; the Photographer of the Year Award from the Friends of Photography; the World Press Award for Outstanding Body of Work Throughout the Years; the Victor Hasselblad Cover Award; two Robert F. Kennedy Awards; and the Creative Arts Award Citation for Photography at Brandeis University.

She has published sixteen books including Passport (Lustrum Press, 1974), Ward 81 (Simon & Schuster, 1979), Falkland Road (Knopf, 1981), Mother Teresa’s Mission of Charity in Calcutta (Friends of Photography, 1985), The Photo Essay: Photographers at Work (A Smithsonian series), Streetwise (second printing, Aperture, 1992), Mary Ellen Mark: 25 Years (Bulfinch, 1991), Indian Circus (Chronicle, 1993 and Takarajimasha Inc., 1993), Portraits (Motta Fotografica, 1995 and Smithsonian, 1997), A Cry for Help (Simon & Schuster, 1996), Mary Ellen Mark: American Odyssey (Aperture, 1999), Mary Ellen Mark 55 (Phaidon, 2001), Photo Poche: Mary Ellen Mark (Nathan, 2002), Twins (Aperture, 2003), Exposure (Phaidon, 2005), Extraordinary Child (The National Museum of Iceland, 2007), Seen Behind the Scene (Phaidon, 2009). She also acted as the associate producer of the major motion picture, American Heart (1992), directed by Martin Bell.

This exhibition is sponsored by the Mark Family.

ARTIST LECTURE — Wednesday, March 30, 7:00 PM
Kaul Auditorium, Reed College
Free admission. Kaul Auditorium is located in the Gray Campus Center on the west side of the Reed College campus. Directions are available here.

Artist lecture is made possible with support from the Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery, Reed College, and Hotel Lucia.