Mary Ellen Mark, 1940–2015

ADC Hall of Fame Laureate Passes Away

It is with a heavy heart that ADC announces the passing of internationally acclaimed photographer Mary Ellen Mark, who died yesterday at the age of 75. Mark was inducted into the ADC Hall of Fame in 2012.

With a career that spanned nearly five decades, Mark covered a vast breadth of subjects and styles, but she was most renowned for documentary series and portraiture, both of which were staples of such publications as LIFE, The New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone and Vanity Fair. 

Film from Mary Ellen Mark’s 2013 induction into the ADC Hall of Fame

Beyond her 2012 ADC Hall of Fame induction, Mark has received countless other accolades in the fields of photography and photojournalism, including a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, the Matrix Award for Outstanding Woman in the Field of Film/Photography, the Dr. Erich Salomon Award for Outstanding Merits in the Field of Journalistic Photography, the 2014 Lifetime Achievement in Photography Award from the George Eastman House, and the Outstanding Contribution Photography Award from the World Photography Organization.

Mark is survived by her husband, director Martin Bell.