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Mary Ellen Mark — Tiny, Seattle, 1983
Mary Ellen Mark — Tiny, Seattle, 1983
Mary Ellen Mark's skill was “to be able to pull things from reality, to see what’s strange and real”. Her Seattle story focused on a group of teenagers, some as young as 13, who had run away from home and were surviving selling drugs or by selling themselves for sex. She stayed involved with them in different ways. She tried to adopt one 13-year-old girl, Tiny, a sex worker, to remove her from the place; when that did not succeed, Mark worked with her husband, film-maker Martin Bell, to make a documentary that drew attention to these children’s lives. She stayed in touch with Tiny and the other kids throughout her life.
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Mary Ellen Mark — Tiny, Seattle, 1983