Photojournalist Robin Bowman spent four years driving across the United States photographing and interviewing more than 400 American teens. She asked each teen questions about family, school, drugs, money, aspirations and fears. In the pictures, some teens appear with friends, lovers, or babies of their own – a few with a parent or grandparent. Almost all appear in their homes or neighborhoods.
Why, you ask? “I allowed them to have a voice, feel secure, and share their lives,” says Ms. Bowman. “Teenagers are given a bad rap in many ways. People are terrified of them. They’re very controlled in those years, very influenced by family, community, school, church. They’re trying to break away and to form themselves.” Absolutely amazing. Check out some of the results from her book here.