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Description - Seen Behind the Scene by Mary Ellen Mark

Mary Ellen Mark has worked on over a hundred film sets since 1968, including such legendary productions as Apocalypse Now, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and Gandhi,as well as recent Oscar-winning productions such as Moulin Rouge, Babel and Sweeney Todd, among many others. Mark's film photographs are a rare archive as she is afforded unprecedented access to the actors and the set permitted for weeks at a time to roam freely. Mark is one of the most talented photojournalists working today and her unique ability to capture gesture and expression enables her to fully reveal the story of life on set. In photographs that range from dramatic moments of Federico Fellini at work on on Satyricon, to the well-known pranksters Jack Nicholson and Dustin Hoffman fooling around on set, from Cate Blanchett and Brad Pitt rehearsing on set in Morocco for Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's Babel, to Johnny Depp in make-up for Tim Burton's Sweeney Todd, we are given access to unguarded moments in film-making and to this rarely-seen world. Some of the film industry's best-known figures have also contributed their own anecdotes of life on set including tales of growing up on set by Sofia Coppola, of the disconcerting experience of night shoots by Helen Mirren, and the work that goes into 'getting that take' from Catch 22 director Mike Nichols. This is a backstage pass to the most famous film sets in history through the lens of an iconic photographer, sure to appeal to film and photography enthusiasts, or to anyone who ever wondered just what happens behind the scenes.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780714848471
ISBN-10: 0714848476
Format: Hardback
(290mm x 214mm x 30mm)
Pages: 264
Imprint: Phaidon Press Ltd
Publisher: Phaidon Press Ltd
Publish Date: 6-Oct-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Mary Ellen Mark

Acclaimed American documentary photographer Mary Ellen Mark (b. 1940) became well known after her photographs of Bombay brothels were published in 1981 in Falkland Road, a book that became legendaty and confirmed her status as one of the most prominent and provocative documentary photographers working today. Her pictures are a celebration of humanity in its most diverse and eccentric forms - circuses, gypsy camps, children yearning for adulthood, the poor and the destitute are some of her recurring themes. Mark has the unique ability to capture gestures and expressions that translate the intense emotions of her subjects. She has received an impressive number of awards and grants for her work, including three National Endowment for Art grants, the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and five honorary doctorates. Mark has been photographing on film sets throughout her career and is afforded unprecedented access on film sets by the many directors who appreciate her work producing rare behind the scenes images of some of the most famous figures in film history. She herself has drawn inspiration in her own work from the many fine directors, set designers, cinematographers and other crew she has herself watched - and photographed - at work. Mark lives in New York City.

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