David MAGNUSSON: Purity

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David MAGNUSSON: Purity

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Bokförlaget Mäx Strom, 2014.
38 pp., 29 ills. 10.8 x 13.3 inches
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David Magnusson's compelling portrayal provides insight into the growing American phenomenon of the Purity Ball, a ceremony in which young girls promise before God to live pure lives and remain virgins before marriage. In return, their fathers pledge to protect their daughters' chastity - but also to live impeccably as role models. With a large format camera, David Magnusson portrays fathers and daughters who participated in Purity Ball ceremonies in Louisiana, Texas, Colorado and Arizona. They are photographed and interviewed near their homes, in the clothes they wore during the ceremony.The result is a straightforward and dizzying portrayal of fathers and daughters in a religious America beyond the simplifications and stereotypes. "I wanted to create such beautiful portraits of the girls and their fathers themselves would be proud of them, while an observer from another culture can interpret exactly the same photos in an entirely different way, depending on their cultural background. "¬ David Magnusson Magnusson's multi award-winning Purity project is about how the culture that surrounds us affects our values. By raising questions rather than giving answers he puts our own - and our perceptions of others - standards at its tip. In the book the girls and fathers, tell about the reason for their decision in their own words.