Well, kinda yes, but mostly no. This is a beautiful photograph. It certainly is capable of standing on it own merit. And, yes, it tells a story, augmented by exquisite tonality and brilliant composition; but it’s only a single chapter from a poignant and more fullsome opus. It can stand alone, but it was not intended to eclipse the rest of this body of work, this photo story.

You should point out the other photographs in this series by Mary Ellen Mark. The whole is greater than the sum of it parts, so the sage once said.

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