Between Voyeurism, Seduction, and Confrontation: Mary Ellen Mark's Ward 81

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Jui-Ch'i Liu
Center for General Education and the Graduate Institute of Sociology, National Tsing Hua University

Mary Ellen Mark (1940- ) is one of the most influential, contemporary photojournalists in the United States. In 1979, she published Ward 81, a study of severely ill women at Oregon State Mental Hospital. This article, based on visual analyses as well as some crucial literature, compares Mark's works with related works in the tradition of maledominated psychiatric photography. In so doing, I decode how Mark negotiates her female gaze on women's madness.

Taiwanese Journal for Studies of Science, Technology and Medicine, Number 4 (April 2007), 109-149
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