Mary Ellen Mark Shares Thoughts on Capturing Iconic Images

Here’s a short video in which renowned American photographer Mary Ellen Mark shares some thoughts on photography and iconic photographs. Her advice for aspiring documentary photographers:

If you love it and you really want to do it, then you must do it because you’ll never forgive yourself for not doing something you cared about or you believed in, if you don’t do it now.

(via Profoto)

  • Jesse

    great choice of gear. 

  • Jesse

    great choice of gear. 

  • Ralph Hightower

    I found it intriguing that Mary Ellen Mark had to use her right thumb to advance to the Mamiya 7II DSLR to the next frame.

    But what she said makes sense. The immediacy of DSLR has users thinking “Did I get it? Did I get it? Let me check!” Her suggestion of turning the viewfinder off is great. Digital Review tried to teach an off-the-street guy how to be a pro photographer, but the guy kept chimping the screen to see if he got the shot.

    “Luke, use the Force.” Trust.

    Film forces more thought and planning than digital. After all, ones and zeros are limitless.