Urgent Museum Notice

Mary Ellen Mark: Girlhood

A black and white photograph of a young girl wearing a dress and coat jumping over a brick wall. Three other figures lean over the wall in the upper right corner of the composition. The jumping girl is the only figure who is in focus.
Jan 16 to Apr 18, 2021

An icon in modern photography, Mary Ellen Mark (1940–2015) documented people around the world who would otherwise be unknown or forgotten. From street children in Seattle to circus performers in India, Mark captured the lives and stories of individuals with empathy, humor, and candor. Drawn from an exceptional recent donation of more than 160 photographs by the artist, given by members of the Photography Buyers Syndicate, this exhibition presents approximately 30 images Mark made throughout her career depicting girls and young women. Photographs from many of the artist’s best-known series reflect her wondrous and uncanny vision of girlhood.

A black and white photograph of a young girl posing with her hip out and hand on her chin. She stares directly into the camera while wearing a ruffled dress, hair bow, and buckled shoes. Behind her is a stone wall that a younger child leans against.

Mary Ellen Mark, Beautiful Emine Posing, Trabzon, Turkey, 1965 (printed later); Gelatin silver print, 20 x 16 in.; NMWA, Gift of Frieder K. Hofmann; © Mary Ellen Mark/The Mary Ellen Mark Foundation