It's the end of Spring so that means that it's Palm Springs Photo Festival time again! So much happened that my post is a little later than normal. I worked with the incomparable Keith Carter this year, there was a wolf, lots of beautiful models, portfolio reviews, late night lectures and parties, and, it makes me emotional even to type this, the last talk given by Mary Ellen Mark.
Mary Ellen gave a moving talk on Wednesday night of the festival. She showed a greatest hits slideshow of her work which was powerful and moving. I've been a huge fan for a long time, but this is only the second time I've gotten to see her speak in public. The crowd gave her a well-deserved roaring standing ovation when she finished. She was clearly ill, and her heroic efforts to continue to teach her workshop, speak on a panel, and then stay up to 10pm to give the late night evening presentation were truly admirable. This was a woman who cared passionately about her craft and about the field of photography. She was a trailblazer for women photographers and she will be missed.