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Tiny with Keanna Rose (Pat's boyfriend smoking), Seattle

Mary Ellen Mark

(Philadelphia, Pennsylvannia, 1940 - 2015, New York, New York)

1990 (printed 2004)

Selenium toned gelatin silver print

8 11/16 in. x 13 in. (22.07 cm x 33.02 cm)

Knight Purchase Fund for Photographic Media

2004.29

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In 1983, Mary Ellen Mark was sent by LIFE magazine to photograph street kids in Seattle. There, she met thirteen-year-old prostitute Erin “Tiny” Blackwell. Tiny became one of the central subjects not only of Mark’s photographs, but also of the documentary film Streetwise which followed in 1984. Mark has unflinchingly documented Tiny’s life for nearly three decades, illustrating her struggles with poverty, substance abuse, and abusive partners and family, but also capturing moments of joy and intimacy.

Keywords
American
Baby
Black and White
Cigarette
Documentary
Female
Lamp
Male
Photography
Social Class