David Magnusson: Purity Hardcover – 22 Sep 2014
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About the Author
David Magnusson (b. 1983) studied at the Nordic School of Photography Biskops-Arnö with Anna Clarén, Anders Petersen, and Thomas Wågström as mentors. In addition to his personal projects, he works as a freelance photographer for clients such as Time Magazine and Svenska Dagbladet. David has received awards and honors from The Swedish Arts Committee, Picture of the Year International, Picture of the Year Sweden as well as being selected for the World Press Photo Masterclass.
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do you also observe the ritualistic proof of virginity before the wedding?
The photographs taken by Magnusson are professional portraits of GIRLS who decided to stay pure (i.e. not to have sex) before marriage - AND their fathers, who celebrate this decision on so called purity balls, where usually the whole family (!) comes together.
Marking this book as some sort of 'paedophile manifesto' therefor - as some reviewers did - is really a wrong viewpoint and could only be valid if you take out the pictures of the context. Then again, nearly any family picture from a seaside holiday could nowadays be interpreted as such... ;)
Whether 'purity balls' and the whole idea of abandoning premarital sex will help shaping future generations for the better, remains to be seen. It's certainly not my cup of tea, but then again, I'm not a very religious person either. I respect the decision of these folks, even if I think that some aspects might be too redneck-ish for my taste.
However, this should not be an anthropology essay but a book review. Hence my three stars!
The book is interesting as a thought-raiser, and the pictures are well composed (although the soft & pastel effect is too much for my taste, even though I understand its necessity in the context). But then again, that's all that IS to this book: Some thoughts, and some photographs of strange people I could probably never be friend with. One nod, and that's it - I don't see the need to put this book for the rest of my life on my shelf of photo albums (and I have a lot, and certainly some short-living crap among that anyway...).
The book is OK (which is precisely the statement of the three stars!), the work of Magnusson is very professional, the book design is great (and equally pure as the subjects), and the topic is interesting and, as an other reviewer put it, maybe a good conversation piece with friends.
But I don't really feel connected to either the subjects or the photo material. Hence I will give it back.