A day by the sea – a daydream that is surely on everyone’s mind at the moment. Photographer Joseh Szabo fulfilled this dream in the 1970s, when he first began going on daytrips to Jones Beach on America’s East Coast and documented the laid-back beach life with his camera. Millions of sun worshipers have squeezed and still squeeze onto the renowned beach in the New York area, the so-called ‘people’s palace by the sea’.
He observed teenagers posing in their beachwear, sunburnt muscle men, women with oiled skin and backcombed hair – the full parade of adolescence set on the dynamic environment of a beach – a melting pot of humanity.
Joseph Szabo was born in 1944, Ohio, studied at Pratt Institute, graduated in 1968 and taught at the Malverne High School in Long Island as well as the International Center of Photography in New York City. The photographer’s work first gained acclaim with his study of American youth in the 1970s, including his monographs ‘Teenage’ and ‘Almost Grown’.
His work is housed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and is also on display in several European museums, including the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris.
Jones Beach by Joseph Szabo
until 14 August 2010
612 North Almont Drive
Los Angeles, California 90069
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