American documentary photographer Mary Ellen Mark has died, aged 75

Mary Ellen Mark died on 25 May

The multi-award-winning photographer had work published in magazines such as Life, Rolling Stone and Vanity Fair, to name but a few, in a career that saw her photograph subjects as diverse as Mother Teresa, Indian circuses and brothels in Bombay.

Mary Ellen Mark, who died on Monday in Manhattan, New York, USA, staged countless exhibitions over 40 years and wrote numerous books.

She also worked in films, including as an associate producer on 1992 movie American Heart.

Her 1983 photo essay of runaway children in Seattle, for Life Magazine, formed the basis of the film Streetwise, which was nominated for an Academy Award.

Her most recent book, Man and Beast, published last year, showcases images shot in India and Mexico.

In 2014, Mark won the Lifetime Achievement in Photography Award from George Eastman House, plus the Outstanding Contribution Photography Award from the World Photography Organisation.

Mark was announced as one of the headline speakers at this year’s Photography Show in Birmingham, which took place in March.

Her large retrospective book, Exposure, published in 2005, features 134 of her best images.

The New York Times reports that Mary Ellen Mark died from a disease affecting blood and bone marrow.

Federico Fellini on the Set of Satyricon, Rome, Italy, 1969

Federico Fellini on the Set of Satyricon, Rome, Italy, 1969

Kamla behind Curtains with a Customer, Falkland Road, Bombay, India, 1978

Kamla behind Curtains with a Customer, Falkland Road, Bombay, India, 1978

The Damm Family in Their Car, Los Angeles, California, USA 1987

The Damm Family in Their Car, Los Angeles, California, USA 1987

[Photo credits: Mary Ellen Mark]