PROM BY MARY ELLEN MARK
Posted on September 21, 2012 by admin
Mary Ellen Mark was born 1940 in Philadeplhia and started shooting at the lovely age of 8 with a Box Brownie. Graduate of the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, Mark admit to be attracted by borderline personalities like Diane Arbus. Untill October 28th, the Philadelphia Museum of Art is hosting “Prom”, a collection of photographs taken by the artist between 2006 and 2009. Mark visited a bunch of high school proms to create portraits of participants with a 20-by-24-inch Polaroid Land Camera. For your records, only five of those cameras exist and they make extraordinary and unique large-format prints. Mark used the camera often in her career but in Prom she applies it to the quintessential American coming-of-age ritual, selecting high schools from across the country that reflect the regional and class differences among Americans. Approximately sixty of Mark’s portraits are included in the exhibition, demonstrating the egalitarian spirit of her project and the continuing democratic potential of photography.