20 Most Influential
MARY ELLEN MARK
photographed by Tito Sanpaolesi, March 2000

I would say what makes Mary Ellen Mark so influential is her absolute, unwavering commitment to her work and her art. She's unshakable. When you look at her new book, it's all personal work, but I would guess that 98 percent of that work was done on assignment. She bent every assignment to her vision. It's not like she screws on one head to do her commercial work and then puts it in a closet and puts on another head to do her "personal" work. It's all personal to her. That's a very hard thing to do. With her, it's also her absolute respect and even affection for her subjects. She can shoot the most down-and-out subjects and she still loves them in a big way. A big thing that affected me in my own work is her need to get in close and interact with her subjects. She's in there, she's talking with them, she's moving them around, whatever she needs to do, she's right in there. She got me off the tripod.

- Gregory Heisler

RICHARD AVEDON
DAVID BAILEY
HENRI CARTIER-BRESSON
ROBERT FRANK
NAN GOLDIN
ANNIE LEIBOVITZ
JAY MAISEL
MARY ELLEN MARK
DUANE MICHALS
JAMES NACHTWEY
HELMUT NEWTON
ARNOLD NEWMAN
GORDON PARKS
IRVING PENN
PETE TURNER
EUGENE RICHARDS
SALBASTIÃO SALGADO
HERB RITTS
JERRY UELSMANN
ALBERT WATSON


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