Photography

Szabo, Joseph (1944)

In the early seventies, Joseph Szabo taught art and photography at Malverne High School on Long Island. Simultaneously, he continued his own photographic education, taking a course on “how to photograph people and strangers” and thus decided to begin photographing his students on the school grounds, at parties or on the beach, which helped break down the barrier between pupil and instructor. With the series Almost Grown, Joseph Szabo celebrated teenage hood as ‘the years of restless desire and blossoming sexuality; the world of high school, parking lots, and street corners; and the uniquely American culture in which all of us have grown up.’ In the summer of 1978, he attended a Rolling Stones gig with two students and preferred to lay his camera upon the crowds rather than the stage as he believed they best mirrored their idols with their defiant confidence and nonchalant nobility. Although most of his images are set in the 1970s and 1980s, the American photographer not only captured a single moment but the universality of teenage life with its angst, experimentations, carelessness and innocence. Supported by Bruce Weber, Joseph Szabo strongly inspired Grace Coddington and Sofia Coppola who turned to his prints into a visual reference for her adaptation of The Virgin Suicides.
 

Joseph Szabo, Priscilla, Jones Beach, 1969
Joseph Szabo, Priscilla, Jones Beach, 1969
Joseph Szabo, Pierre and son, Jones Beach, 1993
Joseph Szabo, Pierre and son, Jones Beach, 1993
Joseph Szabo, Girl in the mirror, 1993
Joseph Szabo, Girl in the mirror, 1993
oseph Szabo, Beached Bikini, Jones Beach, 1989
oseph Szabo, Beached Bikini, Jones Beach, 1989
Joseph Szabo, Anthony & Joana, 1988
Joseph Szabo, Anthony & Joana, 1988
Joseph Szabo, Kim (Devo), 1984
Joseph Szabo, Kim (Devo), 1984
Joseph Szabo, Rolling Stone Beauty, 1978
Joseph Szabo, Rolling Stone Beauty, 1978
Joseph Szabo, Rolling Stone Salute, 1978
Joseph Szabo, Rolling Stone Salute, 1978
Joseph Szabo, Chris: Hot Dog Beach, 1977
Joseph Szabo, Chris: Hot Dog Beach, 1977
Joseph Szabo, Chris on Senior Day, 1977
Joseph Szabo, Chris on Senior Day, 1977
Joseph Szabo, Skyline suit, Jones Beach, 1974
Joseph Szabo, Skyline suit, Jones Beach, 1974
Joseph Szabo, Laura Sweet 16, 1974
Joseph Szabo, Laura Sweet 16, 1974
Joseph Szabo, Long Island Girl, 1974
Joseph Szabo, Long Island Girl, 1974
Joseph Szabo, Lonely Girl, Jones Beach, 1972
Joseph Szabo, Lonely Girl, Jones Beach, 1972
Joseph Szabo, Hurt, 1972
Joseph Szabo, Hurt, 1972
Joseph Szabo, Reflector, Jones Beach, 1972
Joseph Szabo, Reflector, Jones Beach, 1972
Joseph Szabo, Night Owls, 1971
Joseph Szabo, Night Owls, 1971
Joseph Szabo, Road Runner, 1970
Joseph Szabo, Road Runner, 1970
Joseph Szabo, Mrs. K and daughter, Jones Beach, 1970
Joseph Szabo, Mrs. K and daughter, Jones Beach, 1970
Joseph Szabo, Hey Fox, Jones Beach, 1970
Joseph Szabo, Hey Fox, Jones Beach, 1970
Joseph Szabo, Tom on his car, 1977
Joseph Szabo, Tom on his car, 1977
Joseph Szabo, Lifeguard, date unknown
Joseph Szabo, Lifeguard, date unknown
Joseph Szabo, Joe, Steve and Chris, 1974
Joseph Szabo, Joe, Steve and Chris, 1974
Joseph Szabo, Jackie at Jones Beach, 1983
Joseph Szabo, Jackie at Jones Beach, 1983
Joseph Szabo, The Triangle, Jones Beach, 1989
Joseph Szabo, The Triangle, Jones Beach, 1989
Joseph Szabo, Photo in Hand, Jones Beach, 1976
Joseph Szabo, Photo in Hand, Jones Beach, 1976
Joseph Szabo, Boardwalk Blonde, Jones Beach, 1969
Joseph Szabo, Boardwalk Blonde, Jones Beach, 1969
Joseph Szabo, Jones Beach Disco, 1980
Joseph Szabo, Jones Beach Disco, 1980
Joseph Szabo, 3 Guys, 3 Girls, Jones Beach, 1989
Joseph Szabo, 3 Guys, 3 Girls, Jones Beach, 1989
Joseph Szabo, Embrace, Jones Beach, 2007
Joseph Szabo, Embrace, Jones Beach, 2007
Joseph Szabo, Maxi, Jones Beach, 1983
Joseph Szabo, Maxi, Jones Beach, 1983
Joseph Szabo, Eyeing, Jones Beach, 1993
Joseph Szabo, Eyeing, Jones Beach, 1993
Joseph Szabo, Soaring, Rolling Stones Fans, 1978
Joseph Szabo, Soaring, Rolling Stones Fans, 1978
Joseph Szabo, Bump, Rolling Stones Fans, 1978
Joseph Szabo, Bump, Rolling Stones Fans, 1978
Joseph Szabo, Tête-à-Tête, Jones, Beach, 1981
Joseph Szabo, Tête-à-Tête, Jones, Beach, 1981
Joseph Szabo, from series Almost Grown, c.1978/ 2006
Joseph Szabo, from series Almost Grown, c.1978/ 2006
Joseph Szabo, Lori, 1975
Joseph Szabo, Lori, 1975
Joseph Szabo, from series Almost Grown, c.1978/ 2006
Joseph Szabo, from series Almost Grown, c.1978/ 2006
Joseph Szabo, from series Rolling Stones Fans, 1978
Joseph Szabo, from series Rolling Stones Fans, 1978
Joseph Szabo, from series Teenage, c.1978/ 2006
Joseph Szabo, from series Teenage, c.1978/ 2006
Joseph Szabo, The Kiss, 1978
Joseph Szabo, The Kiss, 1978
Joseph Szabo, Wild Horses, 1979
Joseph Szabo, Wild Horses, 1979
Joseph Szabo, from series Teenage, c.1978/ 2006
Joseph Szabo, from series Teenage, c.1978/ 2006
Joseph Szabo, Smoking inside school, 1975
Joseph Szabo, Smoking inside school, 1975
Joseph Szabo, Anthony and Terry, Lunch Break, 1977
Joseph Szabo, Anthony and Terry, Lunch Break, 1977
Joseph Szabo, Private Moment, 1973
Joseph Szabo, Private Moment, 1973
Joseph Szabo, Nuzzling and Radio, 1983
Joseph Szabo, Nuzzling and Radio, 1983
Joseph Szabo, Girls smoking, Hot Dog Beach, 1977
Joseph Szabo, Girls smoking, Hot Dog Beach, 1977
Joseph Szabo, Tomahawk, 1973
Joseph Szabo, Tomahawk, 1973
Joseph Szabo, Cathy, Mary, Barbara, 1975
Joseph Szabo, Cathy, Mary, Barbara, 1975
Joseph Szabo, Smokin' by the School, 1976
Joseph Szabo, Smokin' by the School, 1976
Joseph Szabo, from series Teenage, c.1978/ 2006
Joseph Szabo, from series Teenage, c.1978/ 2006
Joseph Szabo, from series Teenage, c.1978/ 2006
Joseph Szabo, from series Teenage, c.1978/ 2006
Joseph Szabo, from series Hometown, c.1973/ 1980
Joseph Szabo, from series Hometown, c.1973/ 1980
Joseph Szabo, from series Hometown, c.1973/ 1980
Joseph Szabo, from series Hometown, c.1973/ 1980
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