The iconic photograph by Mary Ellen Mark – "Rat" and Mike with a gun, Seattle, Washington, 1983 – was the lead photo for the Life magazine photo essay, titled “Streets of the Lost.” But to trace the backstory of the subjects in the photo, you’d have to start in the Sacramento area. The two teens known as “Rat and Mike” were runaways from Orangevale, who traded their bedrooms for a life of dumpster diving and spare changing on Seattle’s streets.
The iconic photograph by Mary Ellen Mark – "Rat" and Mike with a gun, Seattle, Washington, 1983 – was the lead photo for the Life magazine photo essay, titled “Streets of the Lost.” But to trace the backstory of the subjects in the photo, you’d have to start in the Sacramento area. The two teens known as “Rat and Mike” were runaways from Orangevale, who traded their bedrooms for a life of dumpster diving and spare changing on Seattle’s streets. Mary Ellen Mark Mary Ellen Mark Studio
The iconic photograph by Mary Ellen Mark – "Rat" and Mike with a gun, Seattle, Washington, 1983 – was the lead photo for the Life magazine photo essay, titled “Streets of the Lost.” But to trace the backstory of the subjects in the photo, you’d have to start in the Sacramento area. The two teens known as “Rat and Mike” were runaways from Orangevale, who traded their bedrooms for a life of dumpster diving and spare changing on Seattle’s streets. Mary Ellen Mark Mary Ellen Mark Studio

Mary Ellen Mark appreciation: The Sacramento connection to an iconic photo

May 27, 2015 5:13 AM

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