Everyone knows that New York is always bustling, but this week the Aperture Foundation is creating a buzz among the crowds for an entirely different reason. Today not only marks the public opening of their exhibition Tiny: Streetwise Revisited, but also the one year anniversary of the late and great, Mary Ellen Mark.
Mark’s documentary series Streetwise (1983) had introduced the world to some of Seattle’s most unforgettable homeless youth, including Erin Blackwell, or as the streets would know her as Tiny.
The Aperture Foundation has revisited the series to create a selection of prints — a collaborative effort made by Mary Ellen Mark and filmmaker husband, Martin Bell and Aperture editor Melissa Harris before Mark’s death on May 25, 2015.
Tiny: Streetwise Revisited takes us through a selective timeline beginning with teenaged Tiny, to the middle aged mother of ten we meet today. The work quickly became one of Mark’s most significant and long term projects that considers “cycles of poverty, addiction, and homelessness — and their potentially destructive manifestations and effects: even the safest and most secure family life may suddenly feel terrifyingly vulnerable.”