Monday, May 17, 2010

Joseph Szabo

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Joseph Szabo, Priscilla, 1969

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Joseph Szabo, Bubble Gum Girl, 1975

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Joseph Szabo, Barbara, 1977

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Joseph Szabo, I'm Cool, 1978

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Joseph Szabo, Anthony and Terry, Lunch Break, 1977

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Joseph Szabo, Adrienne, 1976

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Joseph Szabo, Smoking Inside School, 1975

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Joseph Szabo, Bear Hug, 1976

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Joseph Szabo, Night Owls, 1971

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Joseph Szabo, Mary in the Mirror, 1981

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Joseph Szabo, Chris on Senior Day, 1977

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Joseph Szabo, The Kiss, 1977

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Joseph Szabo, Irene and Lena, 1975

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Joseph Szabo, Dawn in Her Room, 1985

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Joseph Szabo, Three Smokers, 1974

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Joseph Szabo, Tom on His Car, 1977

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Joseph Szabo, Hurt, 1972

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Joseph Szabo, Carola in Exams, 1983

Joe Szabo is a teacher, photographer and author who began his photographic studies at Pratt Institute where he received an MFA degree in 1968. He taught photography at Malverne High School in Long Island from 1972-1999 and at the International Center of Photography in New York since 1978.

Joseph Szabo has been photographing his teen-age students for the past twenty-five years and has perfectly captured the ambivalence of that time of life. As a high school teacher of photography, he takes seriously their pretentions, passions, and confusions, and he knows intimately how students put on, act up, behave, and misbehave. As Cornell Capa says in his foreward, "Szabo's camera is sharp, incisive, and young, matching his subjects. One can use many adjectives: revealing, tender, raucous, sexy, showy... in Szabo's hands, the camera is magically there, the light is always available, the moment is perceived, seen, and caught."

In 1978, his book on adolescence Almost Grown was published by Harmony Books and acclaimed by the American Library Association and placed on its "Best Books of the Year" listing. In 1984, he received a Photography fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2003, Greybull Press published his second monograph entitled Teenage. His work has been exhibited at the Venice Biennial, the International Center of Photography, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Brooklyn Museum among others. Szabo’s work is in the collection of many prestigious institutions including the Bibliotheque National in Paris, France, The George Eastman House Museum in Rochester, New York, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Szabo’s photographs have also been published in numerous magazines and newspapers such as the New York Times, Vogue Hommes International, New York Magazine, Newsday, New Yorker, the Los Angeles Times, The Sunday Review (London) and The Times Magazine (London), Women’s Wear Daily, the French Arts Magazine, Les Inrockuptibles, Dazed and Confused Magazine and Rebel. Szabo’s work has been exhibited extensively at galleries in Paris, London, New York, Los Angeles, and Japan.

Images and biography found here.



ticklishfromadistance said...


brooke said...

i am obsessed...i want them all...the prints his

erin@designcrisis said...

I used to show his work to my high school, students and they so dug him. Really, really love him.

Kirsty said...

Love these - dirty, sexy, funny. And real.

tulpen said...

the 70's were so hot.

Caroline said...

The 70's were hot!!! I love freaking amazing!!!

Dancing Branflake said...

Those are his students? I thought they were models! He captured their beauty perfectly. And it's so neat that he knows their names.

blueviolet said...

Whoa, those were really cool.

sherri said...

I recognize the first one from the Dinosaur Jr. Album cover, never knew who the photographer, these are all amazing!

Iva said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE these. "he takes seriously their pretentions, passions, and confusions, and he knows intimately how students put on, act up, behave, and misbehave" very rad!

so amazing. the "Priscilla" one reminds me of one you posted before? Can you remember those? Not that same photographer, but now I'm going nuts trying to remember the name LOL

"Barbara", "I'm Cool", and "Hurt" are totally awesome!

Melanie's Randomness said...

Soo cool that these were from the 70's. Forest Gump was on this weekend & I was like Oh they all look like Jenny. lol. My fav is the Bubble Gum girl!!

Alisa said...

The 70s, so much fun. Love looking at the feathered hair and clothes! My husband had a smoking section at his high school! Can you image that now?

bananas. said...

these images symbolize the very reason why i wish i lived in the 60's and 70's.

and even though i'm opposed to smoking, this images make me want to light up and stay high. haha.


S and O said...

great photography...really awesome! my favorite picture is that girl blowing bubble gum :)
Thanks for stopping by our blog :)


SabinePsynopsis said...

Incredible photography. This would be one of the books I'd take out to brood over - together with Avedon's In the American West or Sante d'Orazio's pictures. So much to learn from!

Christiejolu said...

Very nice picks...But I am not sure how I feel about the kids smoking in them..LOL!

starbox said...

these photos are amazing! really inspiring and so lively...great job, tnx for sharing...:)


frenchie said...

it is so amazing how talented people can capture an atmosphere,the spirit of a moment, l'air du temps as we say in french...
it was only 40 years ago but it feels so different!
thx lady for the trip.
you always make a monday morning worthy...

Claire Kiefer said...

I love The Kiss--that is one hot picture. I like this photographer . . . gonna have to look into this more . . .

Phoenix said...

I totally want to hang out with these kids. I wonder where they are now...what their lives look like... if even half of 'em have quit smoking ;)

Damn, that first picture? That girl smoking looks like she's nine! I can't get over it!

PS my word verification was "splat." Love it! Maegan said...

LOVE his work ...LOVE the 70's

♥Aubrey said...

PEACE...LOVE & ROCK 'n ROLL right?!
Love it ♥

Kara said...

Man, I love these. Makes me want to live in the 70s really bad.

Asylum Dolly said...

Cool! I always wanted to blow bubbles in gum. Never could do it. So i like photos of people who can! And I love how you can tell immediately that they are from another era. I love the all the hairstyles :) Very interesting!

sealaura said...

these are awesome, i love when you share about artists. these pictures do represent that time and capture some interesting moments. those kids looked like they knew how to party and also just be.

Kass said...

I love his acceptance of what teens go through. It's so great when fellow bloggers open up our world. Thanks.

Felicia said...

That Billy Idol poster is CLASSIC!

Kitty Stampede said...

INCREDIBLE!!!! These are sooo damn amazing, every last one. So cool, I can't even begin to explain my love for these photos.
Thanks! You RAWK!

Lady Ren said...

wow- thank you for the introduction to this amazing photographer- I am so glad I found your blog- SO nice to meet you-
I am your 412th pretty.

Kristine said...

Love these! Loved the seventies,I was just reminiscing about the good old days in the seventies, oldie oldster that I am, and these are perfect. Once again we are on the same wavelength!

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These photos are fantastic! I love the atmosphere from the 70s and the way he caught it in his work. Masterpiece!

chloe said...

wow, i LOVE these! ive been really into vintagey stuff lately: 60s and 70s movies and fashions and looks - these really fit in with the themes in my head :)

Pretty Little World said...


Tom Tuttle from Tacoma said...

really love these photos even if they're very foreign to me.

Cheryl said...

Capa's comment is dead on. Amazing photographs.


applause to such emotional retro mood to these photos. one great great work.



hope505 said...

hey thanks for posting that! I used to own that book and LOST IT!! Never knew the photographer's name, but these are some of my favorite photos ever....
THANKS for the info!!

couture dresses said...

Soo beautiful! The models are great, it looks like he was just driving by and took the pictures. So natural but still so artistic!