Copyright 2014 the estate of Mary Ellen Mark
Photographer: Mary Ellen Mark (1940 – 2015)
Published & copyright: 2014
Publisher: University of Texas Press, Austin (TX)
Essays: Melissa Harris
Hardcover book with dust jacket, sewn binding, four-color lithography, printed & bound in China
Photobook designer: Mary Ellen Mark & Ellen McKie
Notes: A photo project that the late Mary Ellen Mark started in the late 1970’s that resulted in her earlier photobook Indian Circus (1981). She would continue to return to this subject for the following 40 years and this photobook was published just before her passing. I think that the publisher may have described this book best, in stating “Infused with an unsentimental poignancy and fully intentional anthropomorphism, Mark’s photographs of animals, circus performers, children and others are sometimes ironic, occasionally unsettling, but always remarkably engaging”.