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."

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Tiny Dynamine
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3 years ago

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

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Joy Patterson
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3 years ago

He's cute !!

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Anne Madag
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3 years ago

that eyeliner and eyebrow XD

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John L
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3 years ago

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

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nikki bates
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3 years ago

He's a beauty too :)

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Anne Madag
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3 years ago

so scary on this place. :'3

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Shauna Lucio's
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3 years ago

we all rocked those shoes

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John L
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3 years ago

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

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xpurinx
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3 years ago

I love how everyone looked so naturally beautiful.

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John L
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3 years ago

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

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Janice Foster
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3 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?@

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Anne Madag
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3 years ago

oh what happen to him?

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Agnes Jekyll
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3 years ago

Excellent

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Anne Madag
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3 years ago

oppps that hand. hmmm..

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Anna Thouvenin
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3 years ago

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

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Anne Madag
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3 years ago

I like that hairstyle! :)

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Lua boots
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3 years ago

forever alone. Like me xD

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TMSullivan
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3 years ago

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

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John L
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3 years ago

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

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Anne Madag
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3 years ago

She is Beautiful!

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Sabbie Bradley
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3 years ago

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

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Dan Burge
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3 years ago

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

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DancingToMyself
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3 years ago

Hey teacher, live us kids alone!

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Diana Murtaugh
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3 years ago

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

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Jim Hubbard
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3 years ago

Yeah she's rebellious alright....

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Anne Madag
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3 years ago

Joe of Jonas Brothers?

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Caitlyn McCracken
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3 years ago

She's gorgeous

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Anne Madag
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3 years ago

pretty ladies. :)

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John L
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3 years ago

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

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Anne Madag
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3 years ago

he whisper: "I love you" :D

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Mark A Rita Schilling
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3 years ago

Yes I got the grove on!

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Gven Amber
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3 years ago

Beautiful!

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Phaedra Loftis
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3 years ago

Ruf-i-OHHH!

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Joanna Huang
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3 years ago

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

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GoodWolf
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3 years ago

Air guitar!

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Bogdan Grecu
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3 years ago

Dat ass!

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Anne Madag
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3 years ago

cheering squad. xD

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Anna Thouvenin
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3 years ago

I legitimately thought she was topless.

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Carole
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3 years ago

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

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Skeledab
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3 years ago

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

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Lua boots
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3 years ago

They rock

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John L
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3 years ago

Gotta look Cool, donchano. ;D

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Ava Leora
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3 years ago

Her nose is so cute

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Lua boots
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3 years ago

beautiful

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Colleen Eklund
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3 years ago

She's beautiful!

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Rikard Fjellhaug
Community Member
3 years ago

those..eh sunscreen

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Yvonne Torburn-Clark
Community Member
3 years ago

Check out the classic whimp in the background!

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Holly Hofmann
Community Member
3 years ago

Somebody photoshop a jetpack on this guy.

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Wendy J Shores
Community Member
3 years ago

Sex fest everywhere you looked lol

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Igor Kramer
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3 years ago

stifler

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Samie Lebastchi
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3 years ago

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

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Willem Havenaar
Community Member
3 years ago

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

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Nikki Sutton
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3 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."

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Fred Burrows
Community Member
3 years ago

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

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Wezbie
Community Member
3 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

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.gas.
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3 years ago

Polaroid!

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bpanther
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3 years ago

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Bubbles in the background too ? !!

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Anne Madag
Community Member
3 years ago

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

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Wendy J Shores
Community Member
3 years ago

Puff, puff, pass.....

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Little Menace
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3 years ago

This is the 80s.

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Fire Bird
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3 years ago

Nice shirt.

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Patrick McKenna
Community Member
3 years ago

painter's pants, I recall the rage.

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Denise Dry
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3 years ago

Stoners

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Griselle Lugo
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3 years ago

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

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Fire Bird
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3 years ago

Strike a pose. Suns out, guns out.

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Wendy J Shores
Community Member
3 years ago

He sure fits those jeans nice! Yummy!

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J Kat
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1 year ago

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

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bigoldthor
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3 years ago

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

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