Ward 81

Mary Ellen Mark

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Text by Karen Folger Jacobs and Milos Forman.

ISBN: 978 88 6208 055 2

In 1975, The Pennsylvania Gazette asked Mary Ellen Mark to make a photo-reportage on the filming of One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest, which director Milos Forman was then shooting entirely on location at the Oregon State Hospital. That’s where the photographer came in touch with the women of Ward 81, a maximum-security unit created within the hospital in order to house women who were deemed dangerous to themselves or to the community. In February 1976 – one year before the ward was definitely closed – Mary Ellen Mark, together with writer and psychiatrist Karen Folger Jacobs, spent a whole month in the facility to document the patients’ daily lives. Thirty years after the publication of the volume, which gathered their work, Ward 81 – a reportage of deep human as well as documentary impact – is being reissued by Damiani.
Mary Ellen Mark (1940) has achieved worldwide visibility through her numerous editorial magazine work. She is a contributing photographer to The New Yorker and has published photo-essays and portraits in such publications as LIFE, The New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, and Vanity Fair. For over four decades, she has traveled extensively to make pictures that reflect a high degree of humanism such as her portrayals of Mother Teresa, Indian circuses, and brothels in Bombay. Among her most important awards, Mark was presented with the Cornell Capa Award by the International Center of Photography (2001) and was awarded by the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship (1994). She has published sixteen books.
language:English pages: 96 illustrations: 85 binding: hardback release: fall 2008
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