"There are some people who become best friends with everyone they photograph. There are people that I really like and admire and respect, but in a way I think it's better to keep a distance. I think you get better pictures of people that you don't know very well."
"An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law."Mary Ellen Mark on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Everyone should be respected as an individual, but no one idolized."Mary Ellen Mark on Albert Einstein
"Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized."Mary Ellen Mark on Albert Einstein
"Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery."Mary Ellen Mark on Malcolm X
"If once you forfeit the confidence of your fellow-citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem."Mary Ellen Mark on Abraham Lincoln
"Nowadays shots are created in post-production, on computers. It's not really photography."
"I respect newspapers, but the reality is that magazine 'photojournalism' is finished. They want illustrations, Photoshopped pictures of movie stars."
"I wanted to travel from the beginning. As a kid, I used to dream about airplanes, before I ever flew in one."