Photographs by Terry Richardson and Joseph Szabo
24 June to 28 August 2005
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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
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
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
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Exhibition Courtesy of the Michael
Hoppen Gallery, London.