who is mary ellen mark:

Mary Ellen Mark
March 20, 1940 - May 25, 2015
"You could not be around Mary Ellen and not learn how to see things as she saw them," said American novelist John Irving
As an entire industry now mourns Mark’s death, come winter her absence will, for many, take on another form. Every year, she would invite friends and strangers alike with their dogs for her legendary canine Christmas parties. “People lined up to have her photograph their dogs and to witness her enthusiasm behind the lens,” said Laub. “She loved dogs the way she loved the people she photographed. She brought out the humanity in all.”