Joseph Szabo

It’s been helluva long since I last posted here. I’ve kind of come to terms with the fact that juggling work, illustration, and blogging doesn’t always pan out. My blog posts wont be as regular as they once were, but I don’t want to give up the gun just yet. I hope you will come back and check in from time to time.

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I thought a nostalgic post would be a good option to kick things off again. What better than photographs of adolescents and teenagers from the seventies? The man behind these photographs is Joseph Szabo, a teacher, photographer and author, whose life’s work has been the photographic study of youth.

“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 foreword, “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.”

Szabo graduated with an MFA degree from the Pratt Institute in 1968. He then went on to teach photography at Malverne High School in Long Island from 1972-1999 and at the International Center of Photography in New York since 1978.

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priscilla-1969

night-owls-1971

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mid-year-exam-1974

friday-night-dance-1973

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