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Mark T. Ellinger

Passed away on October 4, 2019

Mark T. Ellinger passed away on October 4, 2019.


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Mark T. Ellinger

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Elaine Zamora

October 11, 2019

It is with a heavy heart that I remember, Mark, my friend and colleague. His passing is deeply sad. Mark cared about the people of the Tenderloin and their wonderfully historical and architecturally beautiful neighborhood. He worked tirelessly to bring the wonder of the Tenderloin neighborhood to the world through his photography and advocacy. As some else mentioned, Mark was someone San Francisco may have never realized it had in its midst and that is their loss. For those of us who were honored to have Mark in our lives, we knew a person who was special and unforgettable. His departure is a profound loss for all of us. Mark you are dearly loved. You will be missed.

Mike Humbert

October 8, 2019

A talented photographer and a good friend who taught me a lot.

Annie Elias

October 8, 2019

Mark Ellinger was a beloved friend who introduced me to the Tenderloin and became the heart and soul of the play we created called "Tenderloin" in which he was portrayed. I had the honor of living intimately with Mark's words, gestures, and wonderful soulful voice for so long. Mark inspired me with his loving heart, his artistry (we used his beautiful photographs in the play), his deep sense of beauty, his sense of justice and injustice, his intelligence and sharp wit. He was a kind, wonderful, giving, loving person. Mark, I love you and the world is a lesser place without you in it.

Peter Sellars

October 8, 2019

I am very surprised to hear of Mark’s passing. He truly was a positive energy in the SOMA and his record of photography brought this San Francisco lifestyle to the world. Our relationship was centered on his book(s) projects and sharing ideas and giving advice. We spoke often about these projects; I helped him and in the end we traded his photograph of the Odd Fellows Building (at 7th Street) for one of my books (The history of the Odd Fellows in San Francisco). I keep this photo in the museum at this location. He shall be remembered for his dynamics. May he Rest In Peace. San Francisco lost someone it may have never realized it had in its midst.

Martha Bridegam

October 8, 2019

Mark Ellinger was a composer, photographer and writer -- and a champion of Sixth Street in San Francisco, especially its residential hotels.

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