Mary Ellen Mark / by Raymond Merritt

Ralph Gibson,  Mary Ellen Mark,  1967

Ralph Gibson, Mary Ellen Mark, 1967

The art world lost a legend recently. Mary Ellen Mark, the world-renowned documentary photographer who influenced a generation of photographers and inspired women around the world to take up their cameras, died at the age of 75 in late May. 

Summit Art Advisory had the pleasure of working with Mary Ellen over the years and we will certainly feel the loss of her presence. She will live on, as with all great photographers, through her work, which focused on the outer-edges of societies around the world. For a great read on Mary Ellen's life, check out the obituary published online by TIME hereIt features a great shot of Mary Ellen from the late 60s, seen above, taken by another SAA confidant, Ralph Gibson.