Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

'Tiny: Streetwise Revisited' Is an Evocative Followup from Mary Ellen Mark

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

'Tiny: Streetwise Revisited' Is an Evocative Followup from Mary Ellen Mark

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The photography world lost a giant in the field when Mary Ellen Mark died in May. Known for her portraiture and documentary projects, Mark was a thoughtful photographer, uncovering the vulnerability in her subjects while giving them dignity. In her lifetime she produced 18 books, the last of which was Tiny: Streetwise Revisited.

"Streetwise," which was published in 1988, grew from a Life magazine assignment focusing on runaway youth in Seattle. Mark was compelled to continue the assignment and focus on Erin "Tiny" Blackwell. Tiny was 13 years old when Mark first met her, living on the streets, resorting to prostitution to escape an unstable home life.

Despite tough circumstance, the images such as "Tiny at the amusement park with 'Horsey,' " taken in 1983, show Tiny as a young girl, in many ways, with dreams of the future.

"I want to be really rich ... and live on a farm with a bunch of horses, which is my main best animal ... and have three yachts or more . …

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