Before Joseph Szabo was a world renown photographer, he was a teacher at Malverne High School in Long Island. And on his first days at the job he figured that he's gonna need something special to catch the attention of his pupils. So he brought a camera into class...

"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 told 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."

More info: Joseph Szabo

#1

Nostalgic Portraits Of 1970s Rebel Youth Captured By High-school Teacher

Joseph Szabo Report

Tiny Dynamine 2 years ago

Dinosaur Jr used this as the cover for their Green Mind album.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#2

Nostalgic Portraits Of 1970s Rebel Youth Captured By High-school Teacher

Joseph Szabo Report

Joy Patterson 2 years ago

He's cute !!

View More Replies...
View more comments
#3

Nostalgic Portraits Of 1970s Rebel Youth Captured By High-school Teacher

Joseph Szabo Report

Anne Madag 2 years ago

that eyeliner and eyebrow XD

View More Replies...
View more comments
#4

Nostalgic Portraits Of 1970s Rebel Youth Captured By High-school Teacher

Joseph Szabo Report

John L 2 years ago

If he was hoping for peace and quiet reflection, he'll have to look elsewhere, or have patience. :D

View more comments
#5

Nostalgic Portraits Of 1970s Rebel Youth Captured By High-school Teacher

Joseph Szabo Report

nikki bates 2 years ago

He's a beauty too :)

View more comments
#6

Nostalgic Portraits Of 1970s Rebel Youth Captured By High-school Teacher

Joseph Szabo Report

Anne Madag 2 years ago

so scary on this place. :'3

View More Replies...
View more comments
#7

Nostalgic Portraits Of 1970s Rebel Youth Captured By High-school Teacher

Joseph Szabo Report

Shauna Lucio's 2 years ago

we all rocked those shoes

View More Replies...
View more comments
#8

Nostalgic Portraits Of 1970s Rebel Youth Captured By High-school Teacher

Joseph Szabo Report

John L 2 years ago

Very good contrast between the outwardly happy 'Stones' follower, and the inwardly reflective 'Yes' fan.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#9

Nostalgic Portraits Of 1970s Rebel Youth Captured By High-school Teacher

Joseph Szabo Report

xpurinx 2 years ago

I love how everyone looked so naturally beautiful.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#10

Nostalgic Portraits Of 1970s Rebel Youth Captured By High-school Teacher

Joseph Szabo Report

John L 2 years ago

Probably one of the teachers in the staff restroom, trying to psych herself into going at it one more time.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#11

Nostalgic Portraits Of 1970s Rebel Youth Captured By High-school Teacher

Joseph Szabo Report

Janice Foster 2 years ago

Ironic that these shorts were acceptable in the 70s, but the next Bored Panda article is about a girl who recently got in trouble at school because her shorts were shorter than the length of her arms (when by her side.) Who is making these current rules? People who grew yoo in the 70s, maybe?@

View More Replies...
View more comments
#12

Nostalgic Portraits Of 1970s Rebel Youth Captured By High-school Teacher

Joseph Szabo Report

Anne Madag 2 years ago

oh what happen to him?

View More Replies...
View more comments
#13

Nostalgic Portraits Of 1970s Rebel Youth Captured By High-school Teacher

Joseph Szabo Report

Agnes Jekyll 2 years ago

Excellent

View more comments
#14

Nostalgic Portraits Of 1970s Rebel Youth Captured By High-school Teacher

Joseph Szabo Report

Anne Madag 2 years ago

oppps that hand. hmmm..

View More Replies...
View more comments
#15

Nostalgic Portraits Of 1970s Rebel Youth Captured By High-school Teacher

Joseph Szabo Report

Anna Thouvenin 2 years ago

Some of those fashion items are so vintage. It would be fun that those glasses came back into trendy :D

View More Replies...
View more comments
#16

Nostalgic Portraits Of 1970s Rebel Youth Captured By High-school Teacher

Joseph Szabo Report

Anne Madag 2 years ago

I like that hairstyle! :)

View More Replies...
View more comments
#17

Nostalgic Portraits Of 1970s Rebel Youth Captured By High-school Teacher

Joseph Szabo Report

Lua boots 2 years ago

forever alone. Like me xD

View More Replies...
View more comments
#18

Nostalgic Portraits Of 1970s Rebel Youth Captured By High-school Teacher

Joseph Szabo Report

TMSullivan 2 years ago

Umm, 1970's? Billy Idol didn't hit the airwaves until 1982.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#19

Nostalgic Portraits Of 1970s Rebel Youth Captured By High-school Teacher

Joseph Szabo Report

John L 2 years ago

The famous Plymouth "Bacaruda", jacked up and ready to Smokem.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#20

Nostalgic Portraits Of 1970s Rebel Youth Captured By High-school Teacher

Joseph Szabo Report

Anne Madag 2 years ago

She is Beautiful!

View more comments
#21

Nostalgic Portraits Of 1970s Rebel Youth Captured By High-school Teacher

Joseph Szabo Report

Sabbie Bradley 2 years ago

Drop these people into 2017 and they'd fit right in.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#22

Nostalgic Portraits Of 1970s Rebel Youth Captured By High-school Teacher

Joseph Szabo Report

Dan Burge 2 years ago

A 1970's 8-bit print?? ...cool

View More Replies...
View more comments
#23

Nostalgic Portraits Of 1970s Rebel Youth Captured By High-school Teacher

Joseph Szabo Report

DancingToMyself 2 years ago

Hey teacher, live us kids alone!

View More Replies...
View more comments
#24

Nostalgic Portraits Of 1970s Rebel Youth Captured By High-school Teacher

Joseph Szabo Report

Diana Murtaugh 2 years ago

"I'm so high, I can't feel my face"

View More Replies...
View more comments
#25

Nostalgic Portraits Of 1970s Rebel Youth Captured By High-school Teacher

Joseph Szabo Report

Jim Hubbard 2 years ago

Yeah she's rebellious alright....

View more comments
#26

Nostalgic Portraits Of 1970s Rebel Youth Captured By High-school Teacher

Joseph Szabo Report

Anne Madag 2 years ago

Joe of Jonas Brothers?

View more comments
#27

Nostalgic Portraits Of 1970s Rebel Youth Captured By High-school Teacher

Joseph Szabo Report

Caitlyn McCracken 2 years ago

She's gorgeous

View more comments
#28

Nostalgic Portraits Of 1970s Rebel Youth Captured By High-school Teacher

Joseph Szabo Report

Anne Madag 2 years ago

pretty ladies. :)

View more comments
#29

Nostalgic Portraits Of 1970s Rebel Youth Captured By High-school Teacher

Joseph Szabo Report

John L 2 years ago

Just Hanging around, with nothing better to do. ;D

View more comments
#30

Nostalgic Portraits Of 1970s Rebel Youth Captured By High-school Teacher

Joseph Szabo Report

Anne Madag 2 years ago

he whisper: "I love you" :D

View More Replies...
View more comments
#31

Nostalgic Portraits Of 1970s Rebel Youth Captured By High-school Teacher

Joseph Szabo Report

Mark A Rita Schilling 2 years ago

Yes I got the grove on!

View more comments
#32

Nostalgic Portraits Of 1970s Rebel Youth Captured By High-school Teacher

Joseph Szabo Report

Gven Amber 2 years ago

Beautiful!

#33

Nostalgic Portraits Of 1970s Rebel Youth Captured By High-school Teacher

Joseph Szabo Report

Phaedra Loftis 2 years ago

Ruf-i-OHHH!

View More Replies...
View more comments
#34

Nostalgic Portraits Of 1970s Rebel Youth Captured By High-school Teacher

Joseph Szabo Report

Joanna Huang 2 years ago

Wait, I thought the photographer was just a teacher??!! How did he get into their rooms?

View More Replies...
View more comments
#35

Nostalgic Portraits Of 1970s Rebel Youth Captured By High-school Teacher

Joseph Szabo Report

GoodWolf 2 years ago

Air guitar!

View more comments
#36

Nostalgic Portraits Of 1970s Rebel Youth Captured By High-school Teacher

Joseph Szabo Report

Bogdan Grecu 2 years ago

Dat ass!

View more comments
#37

Nostalgic Portraits Of 1970s Rebel Youth Captured By High-school Teacher

Joseph Szabo Report

Anne Madag 2 years ago

cheering squad. xD

View more comments
#38

Nostalgic Portraits Of 1970s Rebel Youth Captured By High-school Teacher

Joseph Szabo Report

Anna Thouvenin 2 years ago

I legitimately thought she was topless.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#39

Nostalgic Portraits Of 1970s Rebel Youth Captured By High-school Teacher

Joseph Szabo Report

Carole 2 years ago

There was no conditioner- there was Breck. Nobody went to the "hair dresser" unless they couldnt see..

View More Replies...
View more comments
#40

Nostalgic Portraits Of 1970s Rebel Youth Captured By High-school Teacher

Joseph Szabo Report

Skeledab 2 years ago

Her friends are trying not to laugh, so am I.

View more comments
#41

Nostalgic Portraits Of 1970s Rebel Youth Captured By High-school Teacher

Joseph Szabo Report

Lua boots 2 years ago

They rock

#42

Nostalgic Portraits Of 1970s Rebel Youth Captured By High-school Teacher

Joseph Szabo Report

John L 2 years ago

Gotta look Cool, donchano. ;D

View more comments
#43

Nostalgic Portraits Of 1970s Rebel Youth Captured By High-school Teacher

Joseph Szabo Report

Ava Leora 2 years ago

Her nose is so cute

View more comments
#44

Nostalgic Portraits Of 1970s Rebel Youth Captured By High-school Teacher

Joseph Szabo Report

Lua boots 2 years ago

beautiful

View more comments
#45

Nostalgic Portraits Of 1970s Rebel Youth Captured By High-school Teacher

Joseph Szabo Report

Colleen Eklund 2 years ago

She's beautiful!

View More Replies...
View more comments
#46

Nostalgic Portraits Of 1970s Rebel Youth Captured By High-school Teacher

Joseph Szabo Report

Rikard Fjellhaug 2 years ago

those..eh sunscreen

View more comments
#47

Nostalgic Portraits Of 1970s Rebel Youth Captured By High-school Teacher

Joseph Szabo Report

Yvonne Torburn-Clark 2 years ago

Check out the classic whimp in the background!

View more comments
#48

Nostalgic Portraits Of 1970s Rebel Youth Captured By High-school Teacher

Joseph Szabo Report

Holly Hofmann 2 years ago

Somebody photoshop a jetpack on this guy.

View more comments
#49

Nostalgic Portraits Of 1970s Rebel Youth Captured By High-school Teacher

Joseph Szabo Report

Wendy J Shores 2 years ago

Sex fest everywhere you looked lol

View more comments
#50

Nostalgic Portraits Of 1970s Rebel Youth Captured By High-school Teacher

Joseph Szabo Report

#51

Nostalgic Portraits Of 1970s Rebel Youth Captured By High-school Teacher

Joseph Szabo Report

Samie Lebastchi 2 years ago

This girl is probably regretting this now! Her skin!!!

View more comments
See Also on Bored Panda
#52

Nostalgic Portraits Of 1970s Rebel Youth Captured By High-school Teacher

Joseph Szabo Report

Willem Havenaar 2 years ago

This guy wears a t-shirt of the German metal band Warlock. This band was formed in 1982.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#53

Nostalgic Portraits Of 1970s Rebel Youth Captured By High-school Teacher

Joseph Szabo Report

Nikki Sutton 2 years ago

"We had two bags of grass, seventy-five pellets of mescaline, five sheets of high powered blotter acid, a salt shaker half full of cocaine, and a whole galaxy of multi-colored uppers, downers, screamers, laughers... and also a quart of tequila, a quart of rum, a case of Budweiser, a pint of raw ether and two dozen amyls. Not that we needed all that for the trip, but once you get locked into a serious drug collection, the tendency is to push it as far as you can."

View more comments
#54

Nostalgic Portraits Of 1970s Rebel Youth Captured By High-school Teacher

Joseph Szabo Report

Fred Burrows 2 years ago

I was a troublemaker of sorts but Sister Christian in the center there would be getting anonymous poetry in her locker .

View more comments
#55

Nostalgic Portraits Of 1970s Rebel Youth Captured By High-school Teacher

Joseph Szabo Report

Wezbie 2 years ago

Safe to say she probably didn't dip more than her toe in the water ;). Haha it looks like an album cover with the cool kid in the back

View more comments
#56

Nostalgic Portraits Of 1970s Rebel Youth Captured By High-school Teacher

Joseph Szabo Report

.gas. 2 years ago

Polaroid!

View more comments
#57

Nostalgic Portraits Of 1970s Rebel Youth Captured By High-school Teacher

Joseph Szabo Report

bpanther 2 years ago

This comment is hidden. Click here to view.

Bubbles in the background too ? !!

#58

Nostalgic Portraits Of 1970s Rebel Youth Captured By High-school Teacher

Joseph Szabo Report

Anne Madag 2 years ago

Girl: "tell me who is that girl with you a while ago?"

View more comments
#59

Nostalgic Portraits Of 1970s Rebel Youth Captured By High-school Teacher

Joseph Szabo Report

Wendy J Shores 2 years ago

Puff, puff, pass.....

#60

Nostalgic Portraits Of 1970s Rebel Youth Captured By High-school Teacher

Joseph Szabo Report

Little Menace 2 years ago

This is the 80s.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#61

Nostalgic Portraits Of 1970s Rebel Youth Captured By High-school Teacher

Joseph Szabo Report

See Also on Bored Panda
#62

Nostalgic Portraits Of 1970s Rebel Youth Captured By High-school Teacher

Joseph Szabo Report

Fire Bird 2 years ago

Nice shirt.

View more comments
#63

Nostalgic Portraits Of 1970s Rebel Youth Captured By High-school Teacher

Joseph Szabo Report

#64

Nostalgic Portraits Of 1970s Rebel Youth Captured By High-school Teacher

Joseph Szabo Report

Patrick McKenna 2 years ago

painter's pants, I recall the rage.

View more comments
#65

Nostalgic Portraits Of 1970s Rebel Youth Captured By High-school Teacher

Joseph Szabo Report

Denise Dry 2 years ago

Stoners

View more comments
#66

Nostalgic Portraits Of 1970s Rebel Youth Captured By High-school Teacher

Joseph Szabo Report

Griselle Lugo 2 years ago

I wonder what signal was the hand giving?? A fist? A middle finger? Who knows...

View More Replies...
View more comments
#67

Nostalgic Portraits Of 1970s Rebel Youth Captured By High-school Teacher

Joseph Szabo Report

Fire Bird 2 years ago

Strike a pose. Suns out, guns out.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#68

Nostalgic Portraits Of 1970s Rebel Youth Captured By High-school Teacher

Joseph Szabo Report

Wendy J Shores 2 years ago

He sure fits those jeans nice! Yummy!

View more comments
#69

Nostalgic Portraits Of 1970s Rebel Youth Captured By High-school Teacher

Joseph Szabo Report

J Kat 8 months ago

Fuzzy jacket, cigarette and a real serious face, it was a classic 70's teen look!

#70

Nostalgic Portraits Of 1970s Rebel Youth Captured By High-school Teacher

Joseph Szabo Report

bigoldthor 2 years ago

"Shhhh...don't move! Teachers can't see colors...only movement."

View More Replies...
View more comments
#71

Nostalgic Portraits Of 1970s Rebel Youth Captured By High-school Teacher

Joseph Szabo Report

DancingToMyself 2 years ago

He's about to puke.

View more comments
See Also on Bored Panda
#72

Nostalgic Portraits Of 1970s Rebel Youth Captured By High-school Teacher

Joseph Szabo Report

bigoldthor 2 years ago

"Dear lord, we thank you for this Baby Ruth bar we are about to receive."

View more comments
#73

Nostalgic Portraits Of 1970s Rebel Youth Captured By High-school Teacher

Joseph Szabo Report

bigoldthor 2 years ago

"Thanks for coming to the concert with me, sis!"

View more comments
#74

Nostalgic Portraits Of 1970s Rebel Youth Captured By High-school Teacher

Joseph Szabo Report

El-Ray King 2 years ago

No one cares about your boner, dudes.

View more comments
#75

Nostalgic Portraits Of 1970s Rebel Youth Captured By High-school Teacher

Joseph Szabo Report

Anne Madag 2 years ago

"how could he do this to me?"

View more comments
#76

Nostalgic Portraits Of 1970s Rebel Youth Captured By High-school Teacher

Joseph Szabo Report

Kane Cheung 2 years ago

Thundercats HO!