Mary Ellen Mark’s prom dates

The American high school prom has acquired a particular worldwide resonance thanks to its central role in a thousand teen-themed films and TV shows. But what do real prom-goers look like today?

Tim Blackwell and Kelly Hayden. Austin, TX, 2008

The American high school prom has acquired a particular worldwide resonance thanks to its central role in a thousand teen-themed films and TV shows. But what do real prom-goers look like today?

 

Maria Carroll and Coretta Gerould. Wyncote, PA 2006

 

Photographer Mary Ellen Mark shot 13 high school proms at schools from across the US that reflect a wide variety of regional and socio-economic class differences, from 2006 to 2009. She used only one of five existing 20×24 inch Polaroid Land Cameras for the project. The resulting large-sale black and white prints capture that typically teenage mix of confidence and nervousness, sweetness and swagger as the couples embark arrive for their big night.

 

Jasmine Lewis and Richard Salgado, NYC, 2007

 

Latosha Smith and Phillip Azore, Wyncote, PA 2006

 

Prom is at Janet Borden Inc, 560 Broadway, corner of Prince Street, NYC, until January 26. A book of the same title is published by the J Paul Getty Museum.

All images ©Mary Ellen Mark, courtesy Janet Borden, Inc

 


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