Mary Ellen Mark to receive Sony World Photography award 
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Mary Ellen Mark to receive Sony World Photography award 

The World Photography Organization has announced that American photographer Mary Ellen Mark is the recipient of the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards for Outstanding Contribution to Photography. 

Mark's name is instantly recognizable among photographers. She has spent her forty-year career creating haunting documentary and striking portrait work. 

A retrospective of her images will be on display in London at the Somerset House from May 1st- 18th and a selection of her photographs will be in the 2014 edition of the Sony World Photography Awards book. 

She has published eighteen books, with her nineteenth available this spring. Mark is known for becoming deeply ingrained in the lives of her subjects, providing a unique view of their lives without making those on the edges of society look inhuman.  

The April 30th Sony World Photography Awards ceremony will also feature the winners of the Professional categories in the competition. Winners of the Open, Youth and National categories were previously announced.

See a small selection of her work in our gallery. Learn more about Mark on her website

Above: Tiny in Her Halloween Costume, Seattle, Washington, USA 1983 by Mary Ellen Mark