.Images from Mary Ellen Mark's new book, Prom (and the trailer for the accompanying film by Mark's husband, Martin Bell).
Meghan Connolly and Thomas Burrows. Wyncote, Pa., 2006.
Meghan: “The worst thing about high school is the drama.
We are all just a bunch of teenagers who want to kill each other.”
Tom: “The worst thing about high school is having to go to class.”
Kayla S. Collins and Azmor Rendall. Newark, 2006
Andy Dunlap and Helen Alston. Charlottesville, Va., 2008.
Helen: “We started dating six months ago, and we can’t even —
we don’t even know what day it was because we went out to dinner
one night, and I assumed that we were dating. Andy wasn’t sure.”
Traveling across the United States to complete the project from 2006 to 2009, Mark photographed prom-goers at thirteen schools from New York City to Charlottesville, Virginia, to Houston to Los Angeles. Mark’s husband, the filmmaker Martin Bell, collaborated with her on the project to produce and direct a film, also called Prom, featuring interviews with the students about their lives, dreams, and hopes for the future.