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Born in suburban Philadelphia, Mary Ellen Mark began taking photos on a Box Brownie camera as a nine years old. Taking on the streets of New York in the 1970s, Mary Ellen Mark’s photography intimately documented the Vietnam War protests and the women’s liberation movement. She is known for her unyielding eye in the face of the modern disillusionment present her subjects’ lives, returning again and again to social issues of homelessness, loneliness, drug addiction, prostitution and mental illness. She has published 18 books of photographs, including Exposure: The Iconic Photographs and contributed to a variety of publications including Life, Rolling Stone, The New Yorker and Vanity Fair. Mary Ellen Mark lives and works in New York.