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Photographer Mary Ellen Mark Speaks at Stephen L. Hyatt Memorial Lecture
April 27, 2006

Renowned photojournalist Mary Ellen Mark drew a packed house in the Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium as students, college faculty and staff and members of the public came to hear her speak about her work at the Stephen L. Hyatt Memorial Lecture. For more than 30 years, Mark has traveled the world, capturing diverse cultures in largely black and white film. A contributing photographer to The New Yorker magazine, Mark has published 15 books, won dozens of awards and her work is featured in more than 50 permanent galleries worldwide.

Adding a touching moment to the lecture, Mark noted that one of her most recognizable subjects, Jeanette Alejandro, also was in attendance. Alejandro was the subject of a photo series Mark filmed in the late 1970s, when Alejandro was a young mother living in New York City. Mark told the audience that Alejandro, who now lives in Troy, was one of the most influential people in her career, and, like many of her subjects, she still is in regular contact with her.

The lecture was presented by the Teaching Gallery and was made possible by the Hudson Valley Community College Foundation through the Stephen L. Hyatt Fine Arts Endowment, the Faculty Student Association and the Department of Fine Arts, Theatre Arts and Broadcast Communications.

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Jeanette Alejandro and Mary Ellen Mark (left to right) share a hug before the lecture. Jeanette Alejandro and Mary Ellen Mark (left to right) share a hug before the lecture. Mary Ellen Mark looks at notes as she speaks to a packed auditorium about her work. Mary Ellen Mark looks at notes as she speaks to a packed auditorium about her work.
An audience member and Mary Ellen Mark discuss her work before the lecture. An audience member and Mary Ellen Mark discuss her work before the lecture. An audience member gets an autograph from Mary Ellen Mark. An audience member gets an autograph from Mary Ellen Mark.
Mary Ellen Mark, Jeanette Alejandro and Tara Fracalossi, director of the collegeďż˝s Teaching Gallery, (left to right) gather together for a photo. Mary Ellen Mark, Jeanette Alejandro and Tara Fracalossi, director of the college’s Teaching Gallery, (left to right) gather together for a photo.