MARY ELLEN MARK
High School Prom, St Petersburg, Florida 1986
“This picture was done for the book A Day In The Life of America. I thought I had finished taking pictures for the day. It was about 10:30 at night and I went with some friends to have a drink in a hotel where there was a high school prom going on. I saw the kids coming by in dresses. So I got my cameras and started to work again. I think the picture is very symbolic of lots of things. To me it's very American. There were several kids dancing. That couple seemed like a really romantic sweet couple so I just shot their picture. There wasn't much light so I used two flash guns I held one and asked someone else to hold the other.”
Mary Ellen Mark is a much praised American photojournalist who began working freelance in 1966, after obtaining a master's degree in Fine Art. In 1978-79 she worked among prostitutes in Bombay, and the resulting pictures were published in her book Falkland Road in 1981.