28/05/2015 9:36 PM AEST | Updated 15/07/2016 12:55 PM AEST

Beloved Documentary Photographer Mary Ellen Mark's Bollywood Connection

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Mary Ellen Mark arrives at the Leica Store Los Angeles Grand Opening on Thursday, June 20, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision for Leica/AP Images)

Documentary photographer Mary Ellen Mark, called "a snake charmer of the soul" for her gift of capturing searing images of human vulnerability, died on Monday at a New York hospital after a long battle with a blood illness caused by bone marrow failure, reported AP.

Interestingly, the veteran photographer, who was no stranger to India (here is a series she did on the prostitutes of Bombay's Falkland Road), could also boast of a Bollywood connection.

Noted film journalist Anupama Chopra said on Twitter, "Sad to read about Mary Ellen Mark. In the early 90s, I worked with her on a shoot for Premiere magazine."

She also shared photographs from the same photo shoot of actors Amrish Puri, Salman Khan, Salman Khan, Sridevi, Sanjay Dutt, Rekha and Jackie Shroff, on Twitter.

Mark had travelled in Mumbai in the '80s. She had lived in the city for over three months and extensively photographed the brothels of the city.

Mark is survived by her husband, filmmaker Martin Bell, who directed the documentary 'Streetwise' based on her images.

(With inputs from agencies)

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