‘The Teen Years’ is a Collective Portrait of Youth’s Beauty, Awkwardness, Fury, and Trepidation


The teenage years are a time when all things seem to exist in a sea of infinite possibilities. Identities are fluid, obsessions are frequent, and the formation of social and emotional bonds inspire fear, excitement, and awkwardness. Joseph Bellows Gallery explores this period of adolescence in the upcoming exhibit The Teen Years, opening July 9 through August 26.

The group exhibition includes photographs from Bill Yates, whose photos of a rural Florida skating rink we previously featured; Nacio Jan Brown, who captured the anti-war and social protest movement in the Bay Area during the mid-1960s; Joseph Sterling, whose work documented the emerging youth culture of the late 1950s and early 1960s; Melissa Shook, whose images are an extended portrait of her daughter Chrissy during her high school years; and other artists.

See a preview of The Teen Years in our gallery.

Andrea Modica, Untitled, Modena, Italy, 2010, platinum-palladium print

Bill Yates, Sweetheart Rollerskating Rink Series shot in fall of 1972 thru the spring of 1973, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. Rural Hillsborough County (Tampa), Florida.

Christine Osinski, Young Man Pulling a Go-Kart, 1983-84

Duncan McCosker, Waikiki Beach, Hawaii, 1983, vintage gelatin silver print, 20 x 24 inches

Edward Sturr, Coney Island, 1963, gelatin silver print

Elaine Mayes, Rodney, 19, Haight Ashbury, 1968, vintage gelatin silver print, 14 x 11 inches

Enrico Natali, High School Prom, Detroit, 1968, vintage gelatin silver print, 4.5 x 6.5 inches

Joan Albert, Martin, July 1980, vintage gelatin silver print, 11 x 14 inches

John Myers, Juliette, 1979, gelatin silver print, 8.75 x 6.75 inches

Linda Brooks, David in his Room, vintage gelatin silver print, 14 x 11 inches

Mark Steinmetz, Highway 441, Georgia:North Carolina Stateline, 1997, gelatin silver print, 16 x 20 inches

Melissa Shook, Chrissy, May 26th, 1981, vintage gelatin silver print

Nacio Jan Brown, Berkeley, CA, 1973, vintage gelatin silver print, 6.25 x 9.25 inches

Sage Sohier, South Boston, 1982 vintage gealtin silver print, 14 x 17 inches