High School/Right

In the spirit of photographer August Sander, Jona Frank sets out to record the social dynamic of the American public high school by examining the adolescent social experience. For three years, Frank visited high schools across the United States, exploring the layered cliques, stereotypes and personalities that grow during the high school years. Innocent, revealing and fresh, this series of colour portraits from High School capture a turbulent period of experimentation and roleplaying many teenagers confront as they attempt to find their place in the social landscape. The range of these expressive uniforms that Frank uncovers, from the Cheerleader to the Chess Clubber to the X-Files fan serve as a microcosm for a society at large. Through her photographs we discover a revealing search for identity and the battle with conformity.

In contrast to High School, Right features portraits of young people at Patrick Henry College, Virginia, a staunchly Republican Christian private school where almost all students have internships with Republican politicians or in conservative think tanks.

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High School/Right

Jona Frank

01 -31 October