Ellen Kok

Photographer and Writer
 
American Moments
Location: New Hampshire, USA
Nationality: Netherlands
Biography: Ellen Kok is a photographer and writer from the Netherlands, who combines photo essays with written stories. She builds long-lasting relationships with her subjects, often following them for years. Her photography is based on trust and intimacy.... MORE
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American Moments
Copyright Ellen Kok 2022
Date of Work Jan 1996 - Ongoing
Updated Jun 2022
Location USA
Topics Americana, Children, Culture stories, Documentary, Photography, Teens, USA, Youth
By photographing young Americans in their daily lives since 1996, I am, as a European photographer and writer, looking for an answer to the question: What does it mean to be an American? The young people in my photos are still finding out for themselves, consciously or not, how to become a member of American society. I am hoping to learn from them.

This ongoing book project, with the working title American Moments, has had several offshoots, subjects that I intended to work on for a few weeks, but that ended up engaging me for months or even years. My books Cadets, You’ll Hear Us Roar, and The Other Farm all originally were meant to be part of American Moments. Some of the project's photo stories have been published in Dutch media over the years to make money to be able to continue working on it.

Because of the life span of the project I was able to revisit several of my main characters after a number of years and make updates about the progress of their lives.

American Moments, the book, will contain photo stories, single photos, as well as written narratives.
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