RARE ASSOCIATION COPY OF MARY ELLEN MARK: 25 YEARS, WARMLY INSCRIBED BY HER TO NOTED PHOTOJOURNALIST PETER TURNLEY, AND TWICE SIGNED BY MARY ELLEN MARK
MARK, Mary Ellen. Mary Ellen Mark: 25 Years. Boston: Bulfinch/Little, Brown, (1991). Square quarto, original gray cloth, original photographic dust jacket. $450.
First edition of this retrospective tribute to Mark’s work, inscribed on the half title: “For Peter—With Great Admiration & With Love—Mary Ellen Mark. 1992 Santa Fe,” and additionally signed and dated by her above, a rare association copy from the collection of acclaimed photojournalist Peter Turnley, featuring 130 tritones of Mark’s “elegantly composed and frequently lyrical” images (New York Times).
In 25 Years, Mary Ellen Mark demonstrates “a remarkable ability for gaining access to situations that might daunt other photographers—and once there, to record dramatic and emotionally moving images. As a result, she has become one of the most important documentary photographers working today… The closest parallels to Ms. Mark’s vision are to be found… in the riveting, disturbing images of Diane Arbus. For both artists, photography gives a cloak of public truth to visions that are in the end intensely private and personal… In contrast to the almost painful bluntness of Arbus’ best works, Mark’s photographs are elegantly composed, and frequently lyrical in their description” (New York Times). With essay by critic and author Marianne Fulton. First edition, published in conjunction with a 1991 exhibit honoring Mark’s work. From the library of Peter Turnley, acclaimed photojournalist for Newsweek, Life and Harper’s Magazine, who has covered “almost every important international news event of the last 15 years” (New York Times).
Book fine, dust jacket near-fine with two stray marks and mild toning to spine. A beautiful copy, most desirable inscribed and twice signed.