PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE HOME FOR THE DYING: MARY ELLEN MARK’S MOTHER TERESA’S MISSIONS, SIGNED BY HER
MARK, Mary Ellen. Photographs of Mother Teresa’s Missions of Charity in Calcutta, India. (Carmel: Friends of Photography, 1985). Small, slim quarto, original brown stiff paper wrappers. $800.
First edition of Mark’s haunting photo-documentary of Mother Teresa’s work in Calcutta, with 37 photogravures, signed by her on the title page.
“One of the most important contemporary photojournalists, Mark has produced photographs that often focus on people outside conventional society’s bounds” (McDarrah, 300). By 1985, the hard line between art and documentation had softened, so that these pictures of the destitute in Calcutta, taken in 1983, were acceptable as art, but no commercial publisher at the time considered them economically viable. It remained for the not-for-profit Friends of Photography to provide the audience—with an exhibition and this photobook. “For over 30 years Mark has excelled at the traditional task of the documentary photographer, recording the lives of people on the margins of society in dramatic and visually compelling images. What sets her pictures apart, though, is their intimacy, the sense that in looking at them we are being offered unfiltered glimpses into the lives and spirits of the people they record” (Charles Hagen).
Signature crisp. Near-fine condition.