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Young Americans

Photographs by Terry Richardson and Joseph Szabo

24 June to 28 August 2005

 

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Joseph Szabo

 

Lunch Break, 1977 Boys smoking, 1974 Bubble Gum Girl, c.1985 Charlie at Jones Beach, 1972 Chris on Senior day, 1977 Hurt, 1972 Jones Beach Nureyev, 1972
Lifeguards Dream, 1978 Louisa and Suzanne, 1979-80 Mid Year Exam, 1979 Night Owls, 1971 Nuzzling on the beach, 1983 Oui Girls, 1975 Priscilla, 1969
The Kiss, 1977 Three Friends, 1976 Tom on his car, 1977

 

Terry Richardson

 

Untitled (Arms across chest), 2000 Untitled (Damaged), 2000 Untitled (Grass stains), 2002 Untitled (Fire), 2000 Untitled (Arms crossed behind head), 2000 Untitled (Breast), 2000 Untitled (Guns against the sky), 2002
Untitled (Hands on breasts), 2000 Untitled (Lying blonde), 2000 Untitled (Milking)Untitled (Milking), 2002 Untitled (Muscles), 2000 Untitled (Peach), 2002 Untitled (Armpit), 2000 Untitled (Reclining on bed), 2000
Untitled (Sexy necklace), 2000 Untitled (Smoking), 2000 Untitled (Stilettos), 2002 Untitled (Taxi) Untitled (Tongue), 2000

 

The opening exhibition showed the work of two very different photographers with very different sensibilities, but who both share a common theme in their portrayals of American teenagers.

 

Joseph Szabo was born in Toledo, Ohio in 1944. After receiving his MFA from the Pratt Institute, he taught photography at Malverne High School in Long Island, New York from 1972 to 1999. During his tenure at the school, his students became his subjects capturing the unique years of adolescence in all their bravado, awkwardness and excitement.

 

Predominately taken during the seventies and eighties, the photographs have a timeless quality which both provide a remarkable evocation of the period in which they were taken, and also a freshness and intimacy which makes them feel like they were only taken yesterday.

 

There is no pretence or artifice in these photographs, the subjects are captured as they really are, and as they want the world to perceive them. And it is this quality that the photographs share with the works of Terry Richardson.

 

Terry Richardson was born in New York in 1965. Brought up in an artistic family, he was raised in France and the US, and at an early age started to document the burgeoning punk scene developing around him in Hollywood, and the many of his friends caught up in its extreme lifestyle.

 

Returning to New York after his studies, Richardson continued exploring documentary photography capturing a generation lost to drugs, sex and alcohol in the early 90's on Manhattan's Lower East Side. It was during this period that he started working as a fashion photographer and his images started appearing in magazines such as The Face, iD, Dazed & Confused, Harper's Bazaar, British Vogue and Index.

 

Richardson's provocative images for campaigns for Sisley and, more recently, Gucci, have helped transform fashion photography, and although separate from each other, his personal and commercial work have influenced and infused the other.

 

But it is his personal work, even those that are 'out-takes' from his fashion campaigns, that really sets his work apart. His fascination with the human condition in all its guises. His images are at once erotic, eccentric, raw, spontaneous, poignant, quirky and intimate. They reveal their subject's relationship to their own sexuality and to being photographed with no boundaries, no secrets and no pretensions. They are both private and personal but also human and universal.

 

The exhibition demonstrates the contrasts and similarities between these two influential photographers and the intimate relationship between photographer and subject which is so unique to the art of photography.

 

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Exhibition Courtesy of the Michael Hoppen Gallery, London.

 

 

 

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Michael Ormerod: States of America

The Foto8 Awards Show 2010

Dead Eagle Trail

European Fields

Two Tides

Human Endeavour

Cream12

Rock Archive: The 2010 Collection

Simon Roberts: Polar Nights

Millennium

Night & Day - A Journey Through Trees

Chiropoesis

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New Landscapes

Getty Images: Legends

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Rockarchive: 10th Anniversary Collection

Tim Flach: Equus II

FotoRAMBLAS

Jeff Divine: Surfing's Golden Age

Karine Laval: Leisure

Visions of America: Jeff Liao and Christoph Morlinghaus

Found: Denis Doran, Kevin Eason and Andy Hughes

Slim Aarons: High Society

Eclectica III

The Rockarchive Collection

Eastern European Poster Art

Hugh Holland: Angels

Mary McCartney: Off Pointe

Scenes of Sussex

Getty Images: Century

Things We Love

Eclectica II

Polly Borland: Carousel

Tim Flach: Equus

Cult Poster Art

Rob Carter: Travelling Still

Karine Laval: The Pool

New York, New York

Shadric Toop: 7 Days with Gerard

Eclectica

Exploitation Poster Art

Urban Landscapes

Joseph Szabo and Terry Richardson: Young Americans