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revisiting mary ellen mark’s powerful photos of seattle street kids

#picturethis: revisiting mary ellen mark’s powerful photos of seattle street kids - @i_D/ @vicemag

In 1983, Mary Ellen Mark began shooting portraits of homeless youth in Seattle for what began as a photo essay for LIFE magazine and would ultimately become her landmark seriesStreetwise. It was during this period that Mark met a 13-year-old prostitute named Tiny — real name Erin Blackwell — who dreamed of having a horse farm, diamonds and furs, and ten children. Some 20 years later, Tiny had ten children, zero diamonds, and a crippling drug habit. Tiny was only one of the kids introduced to the world in Streetwise, though from the minute she appears in her “French prostitute” Halloween costume, she is the indisputable star. Mark’s continued relationship with Tiny long after her first stint in Seattle had ended has resulted in a sympathetic, honest, and haunting glimpse into street life known as Tiny: Streetwise Revisited.(rest: @vicemag)