Mary Ellen Mark’s “Ward 81”

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Mary Ellen Mark’s Ward 81:  Art at the Expense of Social Documentary (Master’s Thesis, May 2013) In February of 1976, the photographer Mary Ellen Mark (American, b. 1940) and her friend, social scientist and writer Dr. Karen Folger Jacobs (American, b. 1940?) entered Oregon State Hospital’s secure ward for mentally ill women as temporary residents.  Unlike […]