Introduction by Mary Ellen Markc. 250 black and white photographsShort texts by a range of film industry professionals, including: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, director/producer (Babel, 21 Grams, Amores perros) Buck Henry, actor/writer (Catch 22, The Graduate) Candice Bergen, actress (Gandhi, Carnal Knowledge) Giuseppe Rotunno, cinematographer (Fellini Satyricon, Amarcord) Helen Mirren, actress (The Queen) James Ivory, director (The Remains of the Day, Howards End, A Room with a View) Jeff Bridges, actor (The Big Lebowski, American Heart, The Fisher King) John Irving, writer (The Cider House Rules) Martin Bell, director, writer (American Heart, Streetwise) Mike Nichols, director/producer (Charlie Wilson's War, Biloxi Blues, Carnal Knowledge, Catch 22, The Graduate) Milos Forman, director (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, The People vs. Larry Flynt, Hair) Richard Gladstein, producer (The Bourne Identity, Reservoir Dogs, The Cider House Rules) Robert Downey Jr, actor (Fur, Chaplin, Natural Born Killers) Sofia Coppola, director/actress (Lost in Translation, The Virgin Suicides, The Godfather Part III) Zanuck, producer (All About Eve)
Acclaimed American documentary photographer Mary Ellen Mark (b. 1940) became well known after her photographs of Bombay brothels were published in 1981 in Falkland Road, a book that became legendaty and confirmed her status as one of the most prominent and provocative documentary photographers working today. Her pictures are a celebration of humanity in its most diverse and eccentric forms - circuses, gypsy camps, children yearning for adulthood, the poor and the destitute are some of her recurring themes. Mark has the unique ability to capture gestures and expressions that translate the intense emotions of her subjects. She has received an impressive number of awards and grants for her work, including three National Endowment for Art grants, the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and five honorary doctorates. Mark has been photographing on film sets throughout her career and is afforded unprecedented access on film sets by the many directors who appreciate her work producing rare behind the scenes images of some of the most famous figures in film history. She herself has drawn inspiration in her own work from the many fine directors, set designers, cinematographers and other crew she has herself watched - and photographed - at work. Mark lives in New York City.
"Mark uncannily tiptoes around the minefield of egos and strips away the greasepaint. Heat magazine hasn't an ounce of the humanity revealed here."-World of Interiors