In “Purity” I portray young girls and their fathers who have participated in Purity Balls ceremonies in the United States, where the girls promise to stay abstinent from sex until marriage while their fathers pledge to protect them in their choices.
To challenge my own prejudices and to explore how we are shaped by our experiences in our interpretation of what we encounter, I wanted to photograph portraits so beautiful that the girls and their fathers could be proud of the pictures, while someone from a different background might see an entirely different story in the exact same photographs.
“Purity” is intended to make us reflect on how we are shaped by our society and how we interact with world through the values we embrace as our own. (DM)
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David Magnusson (1983, Sweden) lives and works in Stockholm. He studied at the Nordic School of Photography Biskops-Arnö and has received honors and awards from The Swedish Arts Committee, The Swedish Authors Fund, Picture of the Year International, Picture of the Year Sweden and World Press Photo Masterclass.