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Mary Ellen Mark, American, (1940–2015)
Nepalese Girl powdering her skin, Bombay, 1978
Photographic materials on paper
18 3/4 x 12 1/4 in. (48 x 31 cm)


Object Type: Photography
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Gift of David Fahey
Accession Number: 2018.22.6


Commentary
Mark has long been fascinated by India, and made several trips there to photograph its various subcultures. Her images of prostitutes in Mumbai, Falkland Road , appeared in book form in 1981, and she also spent time with the Roman Catholic humanitarian worker Mother Teresa in her Calcutta mission. Mark gained further renown for her series on Indian circuses, and the best images culled from all of these trips were included in Exposure , the 2005 retrospective volume.

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Marks
In pencil, verso, line by line:

Nepalese Girl powdering her skin -- Falkland Road, Bombay India 1978

Dye Transfer Print artist's signature

Medium
dye transfer photograph

Object Description
The photo depicts a woman who holds a powder puff in her right hand, a mirror in her left. The viewer sees her from the waist upwards. The skin on her face is made pale with the powder, and the blush on her cheeks has been applied heavily. She wears a bright red dress that is patterned with yellow and white flowers.

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