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Issue No. 17 - Enigma

Mary Ellen Mark: Prom

Mary Ellen Mark: Prom

Mary Ellen Mark: Prom

 Janet Borden, Inc. December 6th, 2012

Photographer Mary Ellen Mark

Photographer Mary Ellen Mark

Janet Borden

Janet Borden

Han Feng

Han Feng

Bevan and Michele Davies

Bevan and Michele Davies

Mary Ellen Mark

Mary Ellen Mark

Mary Ellen Mark was the evening's gracious host for the opening of her new body of work, Prom, at Janet Borden, Inc. Greeting all who entered with hugs and kisses, it's easy to understand what has made her such an iconic portrait artist. The work on display had a great amount of detail and conveyed emotion even when the subjects were not smiling.

The photos were all shot with a Polaroid 20x24 camera, of which there are only five in existence. John Reuter, who runs the 20x24 studio, helped Mary Ellen with this project.

"The camera is basically like taking pictures with a refrigerator," Reuter said, "There are lots of moving parts and you need more than one person to operate it."

Present for the opening was Elizabeth Sharp, age 11. When Elizabeth was four, she was photographed by Mark for her "Little Women" series. Her mother, Katherine, was excited to bring her to this new show.

Also in attendance, Ozu the dog, named after the Japanese director Yasujirō Ozu. Both Mary Ellen and Ozu kept the mood light, and it was an honor to be present for such a delightful event.

Learn more about the Polaroid 20x24 cameras

Janet Borden, Inc. 

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