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A journalist would have to be pretty full of himself indeed not to know, deep down, that his average reader is really far less interested in his vibrant prose than in the accompanying photographs. And when those photographs happen to have been made by Mary Ellen Mark, with her uncanny knack for touching her subject’s souls, the journalist finds himself torn: Either he is superfluous, or his words, too, can traverse the border between journalism and social document. Mark discusses her work in conjunction with the series “Inside and Outside Photography: Lectures from the Field” at 7 p.m. at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. $15. For reservations call (202) 638-0561. (Bill Gifford)