The Rebellious Youth of the 1970s Photographed by a High School Teacher
The rebellious youth of the 1970s photographed by a high school teacher is an outstanding series of intimate portraits which show how teenagers used to live and spend their time together almost 50 years ago. This is truly like a time-travelling machine, a testament to the past…
Joseph Szabo, a high school teacher, and amateur photographer (back then) of the 70s, was employed at Malverne High School in Long Island. Before starting his first day at his new job, he knew that he needed to do something extra special in order to capture the attention of his rebellious pupils. So… he bought a camera and brought it into class. This was the beginning of Joseph Szabo’s ascension into the photography industry’s hall of fame.
“I never had any agenda with my photography – it was never a money-making thing, it was just about connecting with young people – and so I think my photographs have a sort of authentic or genuine quality that a lot of people seem able to relate to,” Joseph said in an interview for Huck Magazine.
“I have always tried to capture these very personal moments, in an honest way, to show people doing exactly what they’re doing. They could just be sitting on the school steps smoking a cigarette or they could be hanging out of a car door waving their hands and saying, ‘This is the last day of school and I’ll never come back here again!’ They could be jumping in the air with excitement because of the music they’re listening to or they could be like one of my all-time favorites Priscilla – the little girl smoking at Jones Beach – who expresses something about girlhood as well as something about a certain kind of maturity and experience.”
“All these subjects and moments mean so much to me. They helped me understand people and allowed me to connect with them over the years. I hope they mean something to other people too.”
If you are interested in admiring more of Joseph Szabo’s work, be sure to check out the photographer’s official website.
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