The Photography of Joseph Szabo

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Jones Beach, Published by Harry N. Abrams, New York

Jones Beach, 2010, presents more than 80 photographs by Joseph Szabo with an introduction by Vince Aletti and forward by Bruce Weber.

Beginning in the early 1970's, Joseph Szabo started capturing the melting pot of humanity on Jones Beach, one of the busiest beaches in the world with more than six million visitors a year. Among the sea of bodies, Szabo's camera reveals moments of both quiet introspection and unashamed exuberance to create the stunning collection that is Jones Beach. Images of tanned muscle men, catwalk-like displays of beachwear, heavily oiled skin, masses of sprayed hair, and shy adolescents all reveal the dynamics of the beach so close to New York City. Class, race, and other potential divisions are temporarily forgotten, and the perfect and the flawed are portrayed with the same respect and tenderness.

Szabo is an internationally acclaimed artist whose last three books (Teenage, Almost Grown, Rolling Stones Fans) have influenced and been admired by a whole generation of photographers, and created a cult-like following in the worlds of fashion, advertising, and photography. In addition to Bruce Weber, other fans of Szabo include Grace Coddington, Terry Richardson, Jurgen Teller, Craig MacDean, and director, Sofia Coppola, who called his images, "An absolute reference," for her early filmmaking. This crowd, along with fans of Jones Beach and people interested in beach culture in general, will treasure this funny, sexy, lovely volume created over the course of 35 years.

Joe Szabo's photographs are included in Jones Beach: American Riviera, a film by George Pozderec and David Khachatorian, and shown on PBS Television.

View photos from the collection Jones Beach.

© 1978-2008 Joseph Szabo. All rights reserved.

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