Mary Ellen Mark – The Portrait and the Moment


Recommended by Jennifer Sobol, Learning and New Focus Manager at Impressions Gallery.


In this book, Mary Ellen Mark—well-known for her pictures’ emotional power, be they of people or animals—offers her insight on observing the world and capturing dramatic moments that reveal more than the reality at hand. Through words and pictures, she shares her own creative process and discusses a wide range of issues, from gaining the trust of the subject and taking pictures that are controlled but unforced, to organizing the frame so that every part contributes toward telling the story.


In The Photography Workshop Series, Aperture Foundation works with the world’s top photographers to distill their creative approaches, teachings, and insights on photography— offering the workshop experience in a book.


Texts by Mary Ellen Mark and Laurie Rae Baxter


19.2 cm x 25.3 cm

128 pages

Paperback with flaps

Published by Aperture 2015

ISBN: 978-1-59711-316-8

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