In 1978, as the school year drew to a close, two of Szabo's high school students, who had tickets to a Rolling Stone Concert, asked if he would like to join them; an invite Szabo readily accepted. He consequently photographed the 90,000 Rolling Stone fans at the JFK Stadium that day. Recently he re-visited the contact sheets and selected those images that spoke to him after so many years.
"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
Joseph Szabo's subject is adolescence and for 25 years he documented his teenage students at Malverne High School, Long Island. These photographs are a remarkable evocation of the seventies and eighties and yet there is also something timeless and compelling about Szabo's portrayal of the universal teenager.
Joseph Szabo was born in Toledo, Ohio in 1944. He studied photography at the Pratt Institute where he received his MFA. He taught photography at Malverne High School in Long Island, New York from 1972 to 1999 and he continues to teach at the International Centre of Photography. Joseph Szabo is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Visual Arts Fellowship and his work resides in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Yale University, The International Centre of Photography and the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris, amongst others. He currently lives in Amityville, New York with his wife Nancy and Siberian Husky, Gala.