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Originally posted on Caixa Negra:
“Photograph the world as it is. Nothing’s more interesting than reality.”
Partiu Mary Ellen Mark, (1940-2015), um dos nomes maiores da fotografia contemporânea. Uma referência fundamental da fotografia documental dos últimos 50 anos.
Fotógrafa de causas, temerária, determinada e independente, Mary Ellen Mark tudo fez e tudo fez muito bem.
Lendárias as suas reportagens sobre os bordéis de Bombaim e sobre os Circos itinerantes da Índia, mas também os retratos espantosos, intimistas, que conseguia, desde actores e realizadores (a sua declarada paixão pelo cinema) até aos retratos de rua e à fantástica série sobre Madre Teresa de Calcutá.
Percorreu, com enorme competência os caminhos da fotografia comercial e publicitária, assinando campanhas para grandes marcas internacionais.
Viajante incansável, abriu caminhos novos à fotografia documental mas considerou-se, sempre e acima de tudo, uma “street photographer”.
Por razões que explica no texto abaixo, considerava esta a sua melhor fotografia
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