"Mary Ellen Mark" is an American photographer known for her photojournalism, portraiture, and advertising photography. She has had 16 collections of her work published and has been exhibited at galleries and museums worldwide. She has received numerous accolades, including three Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards and three fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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I just think it's important to be direct and honest with people about why you're photographing them and what you're doing. After all, you are taking some of their soul.

Make the most of your money. Use your local talent and try to have something for everyone's taste.

The contact with people was what intrigued me, always. It felt like a way of understanding them. People are more or less the same, and we can all understand their strengths and weaknesses.

I try to get something for every age group.

The obsessions we have are pretty much the same our whole lives. Mine are people, the human condition, life.