Joe Szabo is a teacher, photographer and author who began his photographic studies at Pratt Institute where he received an MFA degree in 1968. He taught photography at Malverne High School in Long Island from 1972-1999 and at the International Center of Photography in New York since 1978.

Joseph Szabo has been photographing his teen-age students for the past twenty-five years and has perfectly captured the ambivalence of that time of life. As a high school teacher of photography, he takes seriously their pretentions, passions, and confusions, and he knows intimately how students put on, act up, behave, and misbehave. As Cornell Capa says in his foreward, "Szabo's camera is sharp, incisive, and young, matching his subjects. One can use many adjectives: revealing, tender, raucous, sexy, showy... in Szabo's hands, the camera is magically there, the light is always available, the moment is perceived, seen, and caught."

In 1978, his book on adolescence Almost Grown was published by Harmony Books and acclaimed by the American Library Association and placed on its "Best Books of the Year" listing. In 1984, he received a Photography fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2003, Greybull Press published his second monograph entitled Teenage. His work has been exhibited at the Venice Biennial, the International Center of Photography, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Brooklyn Museum among others. Szabo’s work is in the collection of many prestigious institutions including the Bibliotheque National in Paris, France, The George Eastman House Museum in Rochester, New York, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Szabo’s photographs have also been published in numerous magazines and newspapers such as the New York Times, Vogue Hommes International, New York Magazine, Newsday, New Yorker, the Los Angeles Times, The Sunday Review (London) and The Times Magazine (London), Women’s Wear Daily, the French Arts Magazine, Les Inrockuptibles, Dazed and Confused Magazine and Rebel. Szabo’s work has been exhibited extensively at galleries in Paris, London, New York, Los Angeles, and Japan.

1968 MFA, Pratt Institute, New York, New York
2012 Coming of Age in America: The Photography of Joseph Szabo, The Heckscher Museum of Art, New York
2010 Jones Beach, M+B, Los Angeles
  Jones Beach, Gitterman Gallery, New York
2008 Jones Beach, Michael Hoppen Gallery, London
2007 TEENAGE, M+B, Los Angeles
2005 TEENAGE, Michael Hoppen Gallery, London
2003 TEENAGE Photographs, Colette, Paris, France
  TEENAGE, Paris Photo, Louvre, Paris, France
2002 Jews of Brooklyn, Long Island University, Brookville, New York
2001 Jones Beach Photographs, Firehouse Gallery, Nassau Community College, Garden City, New York
1993 Jones Beach Photographs, Long Island University Salena Gallery, Brooklyn, New York
1992 Sea Cliff Gallery, Sea Cliff, New York
1988 Almost Grown, International Photography Hall of Fame & Museum, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
1986 Sea Cliff Gallery, Sea Cliff, New York
1983 SOHO Gallery, New York, New York
1979 Almost Grown, Drew University, Madison, New Jersey
1978 Almost Grown, International Center of Photography, New York, New York
  Almost Grown, Jorgensen Gallery, University of Connecticut, Connecticut
1975 Mid-Town Y Gallery, New York, New York
2013 Car Culture: Art and the Automobile, The Heckscher Museum of Art, Huntington, New York
2012 Portrayal/Betrayal, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, California
2000 Presumed Innocent, capcMusee d'art contemporain, Bordeaux, France
1984 Recent Acquisition, Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York
1983 10th Anniversary Exhibition, Drew University, Madison, New Jersey
1982 10th Anniversary Exhibition, Mid-Town Y Gallery, New York, New York
  Perceptions, National Art Alliance, New York, New York
1980 American Vision 1980, N.Y.U. Galleries, NewYork,New York
1979 Venezia '79 Biennial, Venice, Italy
1978 Light Work Gallery, Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York
1975 Coming of Age in America, Mid-Town Y Gallery, New York, New York
1974 Artists of Suffolk County, Hecksher Museum, Huntington, New York
2010 Jones Beach, by Joseph Szabo, Abrams Books
2003 TEENAGE, by Joseph Szabo, Greybull Press
1978 Almost Grown, by Joseph Szabo, Harmony Books
2016 Interview with Kin Woo. "Almost Grown," Dazed & Confused, August 8, 2016
2012 Coming of Age in America: The Photography of Joseph Szabo, TIME Lightbox, January 12
2010 Jones Beach, Dazed & Confused Magazine
2008 Jones Beach, London Sunday Times Magazine, July
2003 TEENAGE, Vanity Fair, New York, November
2002 TEENAGERS, Doingbird #3, Australia
2000 Lifers by Greg Donaldson, New York Magazine, Aug.21
1987 Mothers and Daughters, Aperture
1982 Photographing Children, Time-Life Library of Photography
1981 The Summer Show, Camera Arts
1978 Matthew, Camera 35
1977 The Family of Children, Ridge Press
  Adolescence, U.S. Camera Annual '77
1999 PIEA
1984 Photography fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts
  International Center of Photography