By (author) Mary Ellen Mark
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Ward 81 by Mary Ellen Mark
Book DescriptionIn 1975, photographer Mary Ellen Mark was assigned by The Pennsylvania Gazette to produce a story on the making of Milos Forman's film of Ken Kesey's 1962 novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest , shot on location at the Oregon State Hospital, a mental institution. While on set, Mark met the women of Ward 81, the only locked hospital security ward for women in the state: The inmates were considered dangerous to themselves or to others. In February of 1976, just before the ward closed (it ceased to exist in November of 1977, when it became the female section of a coeducational treatment ward), Mark and Karen Folger Jacobs, a writer and social scientist, were given permission to make a more extended stay, living on the ward in order to photograph and interview the women. They spent 36 days on Ward 81, photographing and documenting. Jacobs recalls their slow, inevitable assimilation: "We felt the degeneration of our own bodies and the erosion of our self-confidence. We were horrified at the thought of what we might become after a year or two of confinement and therapy on Ward 81." This new hardcover edition adds 10 pictures to the original.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9788862080552
(240mm x 340mm x 16mm)
Publish Date: 23-Sep-2008
Country of Publication: Italy
Books By Author Mary Ellen Mark
Tiny: Streetwise Revisited, Hardback (September 2015)
With a portrayal of life on the streets, this book introduces you to individuals who 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.
Mary Ellen Mark, Paperback (June 2015)
Mary Ellen Mark on the Portrait and the Moment.
Daughters, Hardback (March 2015)
All women are not mothers, but all women are daughters. This challenging study of young women from all over the world from privilege to poverty, from Iceland to Indonesia, asks us, and the striking subjects of the photographs who look at us with such directness, to reconsider the relationship, both its origins and its aftermath.
Man and Beast, Hardback (March 2014)» View all books by Mary Ellen Mark
Presents an extended photo essay comprising images from Mexico and India that span some forty years.
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