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Seen Behind the Scene

Photojournalist Mary Ellen Mark catches Hollywood at work with her photographs from the sets of more than 100 movies.

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(To see images from this and other photo books reviewed by the Monitor, click here.) There’s something ironic (and wonderful) about documentary photographs of the make-believe, temporary worlds created on movie sets. Seen Behind the Scene by preeminent photojournalist Mary Ellen Mark (Phaidon Press, 264 pp., $59.95) is a collection of her black-and-white backstage photos.

These stills are from the more than 100 movies she has worked on, including titles like “Apocalypse Now,” “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” “Tootsie,” “On Golden Pond,” and, most recently, “Australia.”

One of the pleasures of this book is the chance to see well-known actors – Johnny Depp, Jessica Lange, Jack Nicholson, Meryl Streep, Marlon Brando – in unguarded moments, safe in the environment in which they work and being photographed by someone they trust.

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