I am so saddened to hear of the passing of Mary Ellen Mark. As a photographer, she was an exceptional talent using her camera to reveal the famous and the invisible with a poignant and beautiful eye. As a human being, she was generous and filled with an amazing compassion, though she didn't suffer fools lightly.
Her monographs served as part of my photographic education, teaching me that a portrait and a photo story was more than producing a pleasing picture. She demonstrated time after time that photographs can provide a voice for the voiceless and that such stories do matter. As a teacher and a mentor, she demanded much, but the results often revealed that the photographer was capable of far more than they might have settled for.
I was lucky enough to interview her for The Candid Frame (Ep. 194) several years ago. It is one of the highlights of my career as host/producer of The Candid Frame. I consider myself blessed and lucky to have had such an opportunity. Take a listen to a very remarkable woman. She will be missed.