Mary Ellen Mark


In 1988, Aperture first published Mary Ellen Mark’s Streetwise, a poignant document of a fiercely independent group of homeless and troubled kids who made their way on the streets of Seattle as pimps, prostitutes, panhandlers, and small-time drug dealers.Streetwise received critical acclaim for its honest portrayal of life on the treets and introduced us to some characters that were not easily forgotten, including “Tiny” (Erin Charles)—a thirteen-year-old prostitute with dreams of a horse farm, diamonds and furs, and a baby of her own. Mark photographed Tiny for another twenty-five years after the book’s publication. Now forty-three, Tiny has ten children of her own and her life has unfolded in unexpected ways. The exhibition and accompanying publication will present the iconic work from the first edition along with Mark’s moving and intimate body of work on Tiny, most of which is previously unpublished. Streetwise provides a powerful education about one of the darker sides of American life, as well as insight into the unique relationship sustained between artist and subject for over thirty years.

The exhibition includes approximately 40 to 50 16 x 20–inch prints, 5 20×24-inch prints, and a video by Martin Bell.

Photographs by Mary Ellen Mark.
8 ½ x 11½ in (21.6 x 29.2 cm)
160 pages, 125 duotone images
Hardcover with jacket
2014, Rights: World

Participation Fee:
Please call Annette Booth at (212) 946-7128.

The exhibition is available through 2019.