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April 27th, 2000
Mary Ellen Mark

A family living in their car, gripping portraits of women in a psychiatric ward, and Seattle's street children are among the iconic subjects of Mary Ellen Mark: American Odyssey, the first collection of work realized in the United States by the remarkable artist who was recently voted the "Most Influential Woman Photographer of All Time" by the readers of American Photo. American Odyssey is published in conjunction with Mary Ellen Mark: Photographs, a major traveling exhibition organized by Aperture Foundation, which will debut at the Philadelphia Museum of Art from May 13 through August 6, 2000.

American Odyssey features 141 exquisite tri-tone reproductions, accompanied by Maya Angelou's poem "Human Family" and an afterword by the photographer. The 151-page catalogue, published by Aperture, is available for $50.00 in hardcover, and $35.00 in softcover, at the Museum Store, by calling (800) 329-4856, or through the Museum's website at www.philamuseum.org.

Mary Ellen Mark: American Odyssey is made possible by the generous support of Annette and Jack Friedland, Lynne and Harold Honickman, and Marion Boulton Stroud. Additional support was provided by Sondra Gilman and Celso Gonzalez-Falla, and The Buhl Foundation, New York.

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