Paul Loya Gallery

JOE COOL

April 5 - May 24, 2014

PAUL LOYA GALLERY is proud to present JOE COOL, a photographic survey of teenagers from the lens of 4 celebrated

photographers, Joseph Sterling, Joe Szabo, Nolan Hall and Scott Pommier. The show opens Saturday, April 5th, 2014 at

Paul Loya Gallery.

 

The term “teenager” was created in the 1940’s to define a generational gap between the baby boomers and their parents.

Since then the term has grown to define an era in one’s life that evokes freedom, innocence and sense of rebellion. These

years are pivotol in our development and the choices we make during these defiant years mold the way we see and take

on the world. The four photographers for this exhibition each have demonstrated a unique and sensitive eye when capturing

images of youth. Their talent lies with an ability to make the camera disappear, causing the viewer feel as if they are

in the parking lot sneaking a cigarette break or on the beach on a hot summer day with the kids photographed. Starting

in 1959 with Joseph Sterling and then the late 70’s with Joe Szabo and picking up with Scott Pommier and Nolan Hall in

contemporary times, we can see that the behavior, actions and style of the “teenager” will forever be timeless.

 

Joseph Sterling compiled his body of work “The Age of Adoloscence” for his graduate thesis at the Institute of Design

in Chicago. Deciding he wanted to take a different approach to aethetics than his teachers, Harry Callahan and Aaron

Siskind, Sterling chose to photograph the subjects that had been right in front of him, his young peers in Chicago.

 

Joe Szabo has been photographing his students at Malverne High School in New Jersey since 1972 and has composed

three books, Almost Grown, Teenage and Jones Beach. As Cornell Capa once said about Szabo’s work, his “young and

incisive eye” is a genuine look into the adolescent behavior.

 

Nolan Hall has had the unique opportunity to be surrounded by some of the most influential people in the surf industry

and art world today. Growing up with Alex Knost, Thomas Campbell, Andy Davis and working during the early days at

RVCA, Hall has had the chance to use his camera to capture behind the scenes moments with these creative inovators.

Today he continues to pull back the curtain and use his camera to snap those genuine moments with his close friends and

colleagues.

 

Scott Pommier began his photo carreer shooting for skateboarding publications. Growing up skateboarding, he was able

to put together unique compositions and angles other photographers hadn’t thought of. When he decided to put together

his portfolio for commercial jobs, he discovered a cohesive theme to his style of shooting and began to realize that his

most prolific and defining images were what he considered just “snapshots” of the outakes from his shoots and his friends

on rides.