August 29 2014

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keeping up with jones beach



New York’s Jones Beach may not be renowned for its natural splendor, but it does offer sumptuous sights and insights to what London’s Michael Hoppen Gallery calls the “melting pot of humanity” as it fuses together under the summer sun. In his second solo show at the gallery, Ohio-born photographer Joseph Szabo presents 30 years’ worth of touching, playful black-and-white images shot at New York’s historic hub for sun-worshipper socializing. In his images, a glistening bodybuilder holds hands with his small, smiling son; a little vixen strikes a sassy pose while her mother sits poised beneath a mask of makeup and a massive cloud of hair. Sexy, slinky teenagers groove on the boardwalk, and an awkward adolescent hunches over her cigarette. Jones Beach might not be an idyllic outdoors paradise, but after looking at these images, no one can assert that it isn’t a hot spot to cool off.

Photo: Joseph Szabo

Dept. of Culture