Legendary Photographer Mary Ellen Mark Dies At 75

Julie Chung
Mary Ellen Mark, famously known for her simplistic and humanistic photography works, passed away at 75 on Monday.

Legendary photographer, Mary Ellen Mark, passed away this Monday in New York, at the age of 75. She was best known for her incredibly emotional photographs, portraiture and investigative documentary projects.

Her photographs have been featured in the New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, and Life, which quickly branded her work as humanist, and she is known as one of the most influential photographers to this day.

Here are some of her more famous photographs:

Mary Ellen Mark

Photos by Mary Ellen Mark

What has spoken to a large audience about her work is the honest portrayal of human emotion in her photographs. In most of her photos, there's never much going on. Mark utilized black-and-white colors throughout many of her photo projects, and the cohesive theme allows the meaning from her photos to pierce right into the viewer's eyes - almost as if her artwork peers into the audience's soul.

Mary Ellen Mark's legendary photographs

"What you look for in a picture is a metaphor," Mary Ellen Mark once told The New York Times. "Something that means something more, that makes you think about things you've seen or thought about."