Famed American documentary and portrait photographer Mary Ellen Mark died on Monday, May 25, 2015 at the age of 75. Mark was a prolific photographer who gained worldwide recognition for her work; in a 40-year career she produced numerous books, exhibitions and collections. Her photography often focused on society's poorest and most vulnerable. Some of her most memorable subjects were prostitutes, the homeless, circus performers and twins.
Mark once told The New York Times, "What you look for in a picture is a metaphor, something that means something more, that makes you think about things you've seen or thought about."
At left: Cousins Amy and Amanda hang out in an inflatable backyard pool, North Carolina, 1990.
Mark wrote that nine-year-old Amanda (smoking a cigarette) "was the most interesting child in the class," at a school for kids with problems she was assigned to photograph by Life magazine's Peter Howe.
By CBSNews.com senior photo editor Radhika Chalasani
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