Mark Murrmann

Mark Murrmann

Photo Editor

Mark came to Mother Jones in 2007 with a background as a freelance editorial and documentary photographer. He studied photography at UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism and then in London as a student winner of the Alexia Foundation Photography Grant. Prior to becoming a photographer, Mark wrote a weekly column in the Indianapolis Star, co-edited the long-running San Francisco-based punk magazine Maximumrocknroll and worked as a Sr. Editor at the Internet music service Rhapsody.

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All 8,400 Apollo Moon Mission Photos Just Went Online. Here Are Some of Our Faves.

| Fri Oct. 2, 2015 5:46 PM EDT

Every photo ever taken by Apollo astronauts on moon missions is now available online, on the Project Apollo Archive's Flickr account. That's about 8,400 images, grouped by the roll of film they were shot on. You can finally see all the blurry images, mistakes, and unrecognized gems for yourself. The unprocessed Hasseblad photos (basically raw scans of the negatives) uploaded by the Project Apollo Archive offer a fascinating behind-the-scenes peek at the various moon missions…as well as lots and lots (and lots) of photos detailing the surface of the moon. Here's a very small taste. All photos by NASA/The Project Apollo Archive.


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Remembering Powerhouse Photographer Mary Ellen Mark

| Tue May 26, 2015 4:33 PM EDT
Photographer Mary Ellen Mark in 2013.

I found out about the death of photographer Mary Ellen Mark the way we learn about the passing of anyone these days—Facebook. My feed is currently flooded with condolences, remembrances, and laminations for Mark, who died yesterday at age 75.

Mark was a powerhouse photographer, a true legend. Her early '80s project on homeless youth, Streetwise, remains a canon of documentary photography. In the late '80s and '90s, Mark's work graced the pages of Mother Jones numerous times. Art Director Kerry Tremain made great use of her, both picking up archival images and making assignments such as portraits of journalist I.F. Stone and hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons.

Mark's work was also featured early in the Mother Jones Fine Prints and Portfolios program, which led to the creation of the Mother Jones Documentary Photo Fund. Her print was part of the New York Portfolio I, alongside other heavy hitters like Nan Goldin, Duane Michaels, Ralph Gibson, and Inge Morath. (Sorry, we no longer have any of the print portfolios.)

No doubt there will be many eulogies and recollections of Mark and the impact she made on photography, particularly on social documentary photography, the kind of photography that's been our bread and butter here.

Though it's a just a shallow slice of her deep legacy, here's a collection of some of Mark's work for Mother Jones.

I.F. Stone, September 1989


Russell Simmons, November 2003


Mother Jones 15th anniversary issue, 1991


Story on Ms. magazine, November 1990


Story on Ms. magazine, November 1990


Jessica Mitford and Maya Angelou, November 1992


"Hollywood's Washington" cover, January 1991


And here's a short piece that Leica produced on Mark:

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