Friday, March 12, 2010

Freak life

Master of black and white photography, Mary Ellen Mark seeks out the lonely, the strange, the bemused and the bizarre. On American soil she has photographed the seedy underbelly of U.S society capturing a real life 'Gummo' that seems to exist in the wastelands that stretch out beyond the fringes of big cities. Sometimes humorous and often sad beyond words, she has looked into lives from all corners of American society. Travelling overseas she has taken a particular interest in the circus culture of India, Mexico and Vietnam. Considered freak entertainment to the people of their own country, and a delightful novelty to tourist spectators, Mary Ellen Mark captures dwarf twins, child acrobats and transvestite show girls with dignity and respect they deserve, but very rarely see.

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