Photographer Mary Ellen Mark Explores the Mysticism of Prom

 - Dec 18, 2012
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World-renowned photographer Mary Ellen Mark has returned and this time has captured youth across America on their prom nights. The stunning black and white shots capture an array of couples and evoke a series of emotions from joy to sadness.

The photo collection explores the sensationalism surrounding prom. Mark traveled cross country to snap photos of the big events and the students who chose to participate and perpetuate the celebration. Remarkable photographs include a triumphant young woman in a solo shot who has visibly lost her hair. The photo is delicate, as is the young woman's pose and you can't help but be compelled to connect with her. Other heart-warming shots include a same sex couple holding hands and a teen expectant mom.

Photographer Mary Ellen Marks provokes the viewer to connect with her photographs, the people in them and the universal rites of passage.