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Joseph Szabo’s Incredible Photo Series Immortalizes the Reckless 70s’ Adolescence

      Bubble Gum Girl, 1984. Photo Joseph Szabo, courtesy Gitterman Gallery. 

The world has changed a lot in the last few years. Looking back at the past you can tell we have come a long way. In the times when there was no internet, and no smartphones, to socialize you had to actually talk to people.

Pictures are one of the best ways we can live those times again. Capturing images is important for history and people’s lives. It tells the story the world has passed on generationally.

     Mrs. K. and daughter, 1970. Photo Joseph Szabo, courtesy Gitterman Gallery.

There is an amazing American photographer named Joseph Szabo who brings back the past with his photographs beautifully. His shots capture the beauty of the 70s accurately. 

        Priscilla, 1969. Photo Joseph Szabo, courtesy Gitterman Gallery

Joseph taught at Malverne High School on Long Island for 25 years. He began documenting student’s life beautifully by taking mesmerizing portraits of teenage romance, rebellion, and adventures.

 He used photography to capture the essence of being a kid back then.

          Night Owls, 1971. Photo Joseph Szabo, courtesy Gitterman Gallery.

Szabo was born in Toledo, Ohio, in 1944, and received his MFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.

Bump1978, © Joseph Szabo

A documentary was made named  The Joseph Szabo Project on Joseph’s take on the 1970s suburban lifestyle.

Szabo stated in the documentary – “You try to capture life in the moment that speaks to you. They are fleeting—one moment it’s there and then it is gone,”

He made his work timeless by portraying the fragile state of life in past times.

Rolling Stones Fans Bandanna, 1978. Photo Joseph Szabo, courtesy Gitterman Gallery.

         Gary, Jones Beach, 1976. Photo Joseph Szabo, courtesy Gitterman Gallery.

         Bad Ass, 1977. Photo Joseph Szabo, courtesy Gitterman Gallery.

Anthony & Terry, 1977. Photo Joseph Szabo, courtesy Gitterman Gallery.

        Hurt, 1972. Photo Joseph Szabo, courtesy Gitterman Gallery.

Irena & Lena, 1975. Photo Joseph Szabo, courtesy Gitterman Gallery.

Chris on senior day, 1977. Photo Joseph Szabo, courtesy Gitterman Gallery.

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