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Mary Ellen Mark Quotes

And then you meet one person and your life changes forever
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Men go shopping to buy what they need. Women go shopping to find out what they want
The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why
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Money may not buy happiness, but it's better to cry in a Lamborghini
When we first met, i had no idea you would be so important to me
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Dogs teach us a lot of things but none more important than to love unconditionally
Chocolate is the answer. Who cares what the question is
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I like me a little bit more when i'm with you
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Im just interested in what makes a photograph  (Mary Ellen Mark Quotes) In a portrait, you always leave part of yourself behind  (Mary Ellen Mark Quotes) I was thinking about how fleeting and precious life is. Life is also arbitrary. For example, the choices that you make, the luck of being born into the right bed, to parents who support and help you and who love you. That doesn’t always happen - and then, what happens when it doesn’t?  (Mary Ellen Mark Quotes) I work in colour sometimes, but I guess the images I most connect to, historically speaking, are in black and white. I see more in black and white - I like the abstraction of it  (Mary Ellen Mark Quotes) I respect newspapers, but the reality is that magazine ‘photojournalism’ is finished. They want illustrations, Photoshopped pictures of movie stars  (Mary Ellen Mark Quotes) I think the prom is very serious also. It’s an American ritual, it’s a rite of passage, and it’s very much a part of this country  (Mary Ellen Mark Quotes) One of my all-time favorite photographers is Irving Penn. I wish I could have watched him work  (Mary Ellen Mark Quotes) I’m not against digital photography. It’s great for newspapers. And there are photographers doing great work digitally. When they use Photoshop as a darkroom tool, that’s fine, too. But at this point of my life, after so many years, I don’t really want to change, and I still love film  (Mary Ellen Mark Quotes) I’m a documentary photographer. That’s what I’ve always wanted to be; that’s where my heart and soul is.  (Mary Ellen Mark Quotes) I’ve always been interested in photographing traditions and customs - especially in America. The prom is an American tradition, a rite of passage that has always been one of the most important rituals of American youth. It is a day in our lives that we never forget - a day full of hopes and dreams for our future.  (Mary Ellen Mark Quotes) It’s good that everyone has an opportunity to take pictures, the chance to be a photographer. Some are good, too. But the bad thing is that it’s very, very difficult to take a great picture. Everyone can take a good picture - even a child - but it’s hard to make a great one.  (Mary Ellen Mark Quotes) There are some people who become best friends with everyone they photograph. There are people that I really like and admire and respect, but in a way I think it’s better to keep a distance. I think you get better pictures of people that you don’t know very well.  (Mary Ellen Mark Quotes) I don’t see how a woman in documentary photography could have children. I think it’s a very difficult thing to do to raise a family, and I have enormous respect for people who do it. I’d hate to do something like that and not be good at it.  (Mary Ellen Mark Quotes) I’m staying with film, and with silver prints, and no Photoshop. That’s the way I learned photography: You make your picture in the camera. Now, so much is made in the computer... I’m not anti-digital; I just think, for me, film works better.  (Mary Ellen Mark Quotes) During prom season, I travel around the country with a 20-by-24 camera - which is logistically complicated - and photograph proms. My husband made a film of it.  (Mary Ellen Mark Quotes) When I started out, it was considered very wrong to change an image. There were scandals if someone inserted a sky into a war picture or something. Now it’s all about that.  (Mary Ellen Mark Quotes) I saw that my camera gave me a sense of connection with others that I never had before. It allowed me to enter lives, satisfying a curiosity that was always there but that was never explored before.  (Mary Ellen Mark Quotes) What I’m trying to do is make photographs that are universally understood... that cross cultural lines. I want my photographs to be about the basic emotions and feelings that we all experience.  (Mary Ellen Mark Quotes) I was something of a problem kid. I was emotional, wild, rebellious at school. I’m very touched by kids who don’t have advantages; they are much more interesting than kids who have everything. They have a lot of passion and emotion, such a strong will.  (Mary Ellen Mark Quotes) I always think, ‘What does this picture mean? What’s the best place to put my camera? Do I have anything extra in the picture, things in the background that will distract? Am I in the basic position that will give the essential things for this picture but not too much?’  (Mary Ellen Mark Quotes) I don’t relax. I can’t take vacations. I’m obsessive-compulsive, and I worry with every project that I’m going to fail. When it starts to go well, and I sense that something beautiful and important and meaningful is being created, it’s a fantastic feeling, and I find it very hard to stop.  (Mary Ellen Mark Quotes) I’m most interested in finding the strangeness and irony in reality. That’s my forte.  (Mary Ellen Mark Quotes) Looking at my own prom photograph reminds me of how significant that moment was - and how fleeting life is.  (Mary Ellen Mark Quotes) I always wanted to photograph the universal subjects  (Mary Ellen Mark Quotes) Photograph the world as it is. Nothing’s more interesting than reality  (Mary Ellen Mark Quotes) It’s not when you press the shutter, but why you press the shutter  (Mary Ellen Mark Quotes) I was fascinated by my own prom pictures  (Mary Ellen Mark Quotes) Finding the right subject is the hardest part  (Mary Ellen Mark Quotes) I want my photographs not only to be real but to portray the essence of my subjects also. In order to do that, you have to be patient  (Mary Ellen Mark Quotes) I just think it’s important to be direct and honest with people about why you’re photographing them and what you’re doing. After all, you are taking some of their soul  (Mary Ellen Mark Quotes)
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