Tiny: Streetwise Revisited

Photographs by Mary Ellen Mark

Afterword by Mary Ellen Mark Prologue by Isabel Allende Text by John Irving

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10 x 12 inches 176 pages, 145 duotone images Hardcover with jacket 978-1-59711-262-8 October 2015

Mary Ellen Mark died on May 25, 2015. Shortly before her death, she completed all the work on what would sadly become the last two books conceived and realized by her: Tiny: Streetwise Revisited as featured here, and Mary Ellen Mark on the Portrait and the Moment ( in Aperture's Photography Workshop Series). Both books were printed just before she died.

In 1988, Mary Ellen Mark first published her poignant document of a fiercely independent group of homeless and troubled youth who made their way on the streets of Seattle as pimps, prostitutes, panhandlers, and small-time drug dealers. Streetwise received critical acclaim forits honest portrayal of life on the streets and introduced us 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. Since meeting Tiny thirty years ago, Mark has continued to photograph her, creating what has become one of Mark’s most significantand long-term projects. Now forty-three, Tiny has ten children and her life has unfolded in unexpected ways, which together speak to issues of poverty, class, race, addiction, and other ongoing and pressing issues. Aperture is pleased to release a significantly expanded iteration of this classic monograph, presenting the iconic work of the first edition along with Mark’s moving and intimate body of work on Tiny, most of which is previously unpublished. Texts and captions are drawn from conversations between Tiny and Mary Ellen Mark, as well as with Mark’s husband, the filmmaker Martin Bell, who made the landmark film, Streetwise. Tiny: Streetwise Revisited provides a powerful education about one of the more complex sidesof American life, as well as insight into the unique relationship sustained between artist and subject for over thirty years.

Renowned photographer Mary Ellen Mark’s (born in Philadelphia, 1940; died in New York, 2015) numerous honors and awards included a Fulbright Scholarship, Guggenheim Fellowship, Cornell Capa Award, and the 2014 Lifetime Achievement in Photography Award from George Eastman House. During her lifetime, her photo essays and portraits were exhibited worldwide and appeared in numerous publications, including Life, the New York Times Magazine, and the New Yorker. Her photo essay on runaway children in Seattle became the basis of the Academy Award–nominated film Streetwise, directed and photographed by her husband Martin Bell, and was published in book form in 1988. Mark published twenty-one books, including American Odyssey (Aperture, 1999), Twins (Aperture, 2003), Exposure (2005), Seen Behind the Scene (2009), Prom (2012), and Tiny: Streetwise Revisited (Aperture, 2015). In addition to producing her own work, Mark taught photography workshops for nearly thirty years; her thoughts on teaching are captured in one of her final titles, Mary Ellen Mark on the Portrait and the Moment (Aperture’s Photography Workshop Series, 2015). 

Chilean author Isabel Allende’s (text) bestselling first novel The House of the Spirits (1982) established her as a feminist force in Latin America’s male-dominated literary world. She has since written nearly twenty more works, including Of Love and Shadows (1987) and City ofthe Beasts (2012). Her most recent is Ripper (2014).

Author and screenwriter John Irving’s (text) numerous award-winning books include The World According to Garp (1978) and A Prayer for Owen Meany (1989); his most recent is In One Person (2012). In 2000, he won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Cider House Rules.