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Photojournalism: Melina Mara

Melinda Mara Photo by Janet Jensen
Photo by Janet Jensen

Melina Mara began her photographic career at the age of six with a Kodak box camera given to her by her father, a CBS cameraman. After studying political science at Sarah Lawrence College, she interned for U.S. Representative Bella Abzug. She went to law school but refocused her career on photojournalism. As a graduate student she attended the University of Missouri School of Journalism. Since then, she has worked at newspapers in Missouri, New Mexico, New York City, and the Pacific Northwest. She is currently a staff photographer at the Washington Post, covering Capitol Hill and politics.

Photographs from Mara’s historically important visual project to document the impact of women elected to the U.S. Senate in 2001 and 2003 were donated to the Briscoe Center in 2003 and published in the book Changing the Face of Power: Women in the U.S. Senate, part of the Briscoe Center’s series at the University of Texas Press. The center also produced an exhibit with the same title that opened at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., and has toured nationally.

Photojournalism (Collection Strength)
News Media History (Collection Strength)
Finding aid for the Melina Mara Photographic Archive