LONDON • Michael Hoppen Gallery • 25 July – 19 September 2008
For the past 30 years against the backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean, Joseph Szabo has captured the melting pot of humanity on one of the America’s busiest beaches.
Amongst the sea of bodies on Jones Beach, Szabo’s camera isolates both rare moments of introspection and unashamed exuberance. Images of tanned muscle men, a catwalk display of beach wear, heavily oiled skin, masses of sprayed hair and shy adolescents reluctantly in swimwear all reveal the dynamics of the beach. These photographs show the city and all its different tribes of people displaced to the coast for the day. Divisions and class boundaries are temporarily forgotten along with inhibitions about body size and shape.
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 from 1972 – 1999 and has also taught at the International Centre of Photography, New York for over 20 years. His work resides in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Yale University, The International Centre of Photography and the Bibliotheque National in Paris amongst others.
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