New Photography Book Depicts 'Purity Balls'

| by Will Hagle

Purity balls have existed since the late 90s, when the first ceremony was held in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The event is organized similar to a wedding, but the purpose is for a young woman to pledge her chastity until she actually gets married at a later date. Young girls typically wear white dresses and make a vow with their fathers to remain pure until marriage. 

In his new book Purity, Swedish photographer David Magnusson has captured the fathers and daughters who have made this pledge together. Magnusson’s book features portraits of father-daughter duos of various ages and locations, with information about purity balls and its relationship to evangelical Christian beliefs. 

Magnusson explained that he was initially critical of the purity ball concept, but grew to respect the decision.

“The more I learned, the more I was surprised that I had been so quick to judge people I knew so little about,” Magnusson said to the Daily Mail, “In Purity I wanted to create portraits so beautiful that the girls and their fathers could be proud of the pictures in the same way they are proud of their decisions - while someone from a different background might see an entirely different story in the very same photographs.”

The book is scheduled to be published August 4, and is available for pre-order via Amazon.