Inscribed-Mary Ellen Mark, Streetwise,1st, 1988, ln-pb


Streetwise by Mary Ellen Mark, introduction by John Irving. Signed / Inscribed – “To Irwin- So nice to see you again- Best Wishes- Mary Ellen Mark 1988”. First Edition.

“Streetwise” is an in-depth, very personal look into the lives of teenagers surviving on the streets of Seattle, working as prostitutes, drug dealers, pimps, and panhandlers.

The book began as an article for “Life” magazine, written by Cheryl McCall with Mary Ellen Mark’s (1940-2015) photographs, and was then made into an Academy Award-nominated film of the same name, directed by Mark’s husband Martin Bell (b. 1943). Known for forming strong connections by earning trust with her subjects, Mark brings an honest and sympathetic portrayal to the hardship endured by such “streetwise” young people, as the children in the photographs and the film allow Mark and the viewer an intimate look at those on the fringes of society. Included in this volume is the transcript from the film, matched to the corresponding photographs, to create a powerful picture of life on the streets of Seattle.

DESCRIPTION: Softcovers with glossy covers, a black-and-white photograph and title in white on the front cover, white lettering on the spine, reviews and a description of the book on the rear cover, black-and-white photographs of Mary Ellen Mark throughout; quarto size (11″ by 10″), 77p.

CONDITION: A near fine copy overall; the covers clean and bright with light shelf wear, the binding tight with solid hinges, the interior clean and bright, and free of prior owner markings.

Mary Ellen Mark (1940-2015) was known for her photojournalism/documentary photography, portraiture, and advertising work. Her most powerful works were of people “away from mainstream society and toward its more interesting, often troubled fringes”. She received numerous accolades including three fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the 2014 Lifetime Achievement in Photography Award.

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Weight 3.00 lbs
Dimensions 13 × 3 × 12 in


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