JOSEPH SZABO

JONES BEACH  14 MAY - 13 JUNE 2021

Joseph 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 teenage 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.  

Jones Beach

Beginning in the early 1970’s, Joseph Szabo started capturing the melting pot of humanity on Jones Beach, one of the busiest beaches in the world with more than six million visitors a year. Among the sea of bodies, Szabo’s camera reveals moments of both quiet introspection and unashamed exuberance to create the stunning collection that is Jones Beach. Images of tanned muscle men, catwalk-like displays of beachwear, heavily oiled skin, masses of sprayed hair, and shy adolescents all reveal the dynamics of the beach so close to New York City. Class, race, and other potential divisions are temporarily forgotten, and the perfect and the flawed are portrayed with the same respect and tenderness.

“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.”

– Cornell Capa

An internationally acclaimed artist, Szabo’s work has been published across four books – Teenage, Almost Grown, Rolling Stones Fans and Jones Beach – and have influenced and been admired by a whole generation of photographers, and created a cult-like following in the worlds of fashion, advertising, and photography. 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.

Coming of age in America - The Photography of Joseph Szabo

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  • Lifeguard’s Dream, 1978
    Lifeguard’s Dream, 1978
  • Three Sisters, 1968
  • Woman in Lamé Bikini, 1989
  • Tête à tête, 1981
  • Mrs K and Daughter, 1970
  • Private Moment, 1973
  • Pierre and Son, 1993
  • Jones Beach Snuggle, 1983
  • Lifeguard on Alert, 2002
  • Kissing, Jones Beach, 1981
  • Jones Beach Disco, 1980
  • Jones Beach Crowd, 1989
  • Jessie at Jones Beach, 1983
  • Having a Lark, 1970
  • Guys in Speedos, 1990
  • Gossip, 1989
  • Exhausted, 2003
  • Chris Hot Dog Beach, 1979
  • Gary Smoking, Jones Beach, SM, 1976
  • Boardwalk Blonde, 1970
  • Blonde Caution, 1983
  • Beached Bikini, 1989
  • 3 Guys, 3 Girls, 1989
Ellie Davies, Seascape 7, 2020

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Ellie Davies, Seascape 8, 2020

90 cm x 120 cm, Edition 1/7
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Ellie Davies, Seascape 9, 2020

90 cm x 120 cm, Edition 1/7
Prices starting at £1,200 exc VAT

Also available as:
68 cm x 90 cm, Edition 1/7
Prices starting at £900 exc VAT