Mary Ellen Mark and Martin Bell Document Prom

Photographer Mary Ellen Mark and her husband, the filmmaker Martin Bell, talk about traveling across the United States to document teenagers going to the prom. For the book Prom, Mark used a Polaroid 20x24 Land camera to produce photographs. Bell produced and directed a film, also titled Prom, which features interviews with the students about their lives, dreams, and hopes for the future. A DVD of the film is packaged with the book. 

Kerry Murdoch and Matthew Costello Fontbonne Hall Academy, Brooklyn, New York May 25, 2007
Kerry Murdoch and Matthew Costello Fontbonne Hall Academy, Brooklyn, New York May 25, 2007 ( Mary Ellen Mark )
Samantha Monte and Khalil Samad Tottenville High School, Staten Island, New York June 16, 2006
Samantha Monte and Khalil Samad Tottenville High School, Staten Island, New York June 16, 2006 ( Mary Ellen Mark )
Toccarra Baguma and George Wilkinson Saint Michael Academy, New York City May 16, 2007
Toccarra Baguma and George Wilkinson Saint Michael Academy, New York City May 16, 2007
Lucas Nathan and Grace Bush-Vineberg Palisades Charter High School, Pacific Palisades, California May 16, 2008
Lucas Nathan and Grace Bush-Vineberg Palisades Charter High School, Pacific Palisades, California May 16, 2008 ( Mary Ellen Mark )
Tiffany Coles and Rudy Macedon Saint Michael Academy, New York City May 16, 2007
Tiffany Coles and Rudy Macedon Saint Michael Academy, New York City May 16, 2007 ( Mary Ellen Mark )
Michael Glorioso and Eliza Wierzbinska Tottenville High School, Staten Island, New York June 16, 2006
Michael Glorioso and Eliza Wierzbinska Tottenville High School, Staten Island, New York June 16, 2006 ( Mary Ellen Mark )
Joe Moore and Kate Carr Cheltenham High School, Wyncote, Pennsylvania June 6, 2006
Joe Moore and Kate Carr Cheltenham High School, Wyncote, Pennsylvania June 6, 2006 ( Mary Ellen Mark )
Will Mattimoe and Jane Mattimoe Charlottesville High School, Charlottesville, Virginia April 26, 2008
Will Mattimoe and Jane Mattimoe Charlottesville High School, Charlottesville, Virginia April 26, 2008 ( Mary Ellen Mark )
Robert Vasquez and Kristen Occhiogrosso Fontbonne Hall Academy, Brooklyn, New York May 25, 2007
Robert Vasquez and Kristen Occhiogrosso Fontbonne Hall Academy, Brooklyn, New York May 25, 2007 ( Mary Ellen Mark )
Miranda Banks and Candice Martin Charlottesville High School, Charlottesville, Virginia April 26, 2008
Miranda Banks and Candice Martin Charlottesville High School, Charlottesville, Virginia April 26, 2008 ( Mary Ellen Mark )
Drew J. Foster and Isabel Roth Harvard-Westlake School, Los Angeles, California May 17, 2008
Drew J. Foster and Isabel Roth Harvard-Westlake School, Los Angeles, California May 17, 2008 ( Mary Ellen Mark )
Christina Chang Westlake High School, Austin, Texas May 10, 2008
Christina Chang Westlake High School, Austin, Texas May 10, 2008 ( Mary Ellen Mark )
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