These Pictures Perfectly Capture The Weirdness Of The '70s And '80s

    Neal Slavin has mastered the art of quirky group photography.

    Neal Slavin’s portraits document the human need to congregate in groups for work and play.

    “My work is about that communal thing that happens between people when they get together and they put on their public persona as opposed to their private persona," says Slavin.

    "Little things come out as they stand in a formation that has to do with who they are and what they want to show people looking at the photo."

    Slavin's photographs of groups span 40 years, and include shots for the Sunday Times, Esquire, and the New York Times.

    Gary Owens Society of Girners, Hollywood, California, 1974

    Bickley School of Dancing, Bromley, Kent, 1984

    New York Stock Exchange, New York, 1987

    The Delorean Car Owners Association, Washington, DC, 1988

    Fencers Club, Ritz Carlton Hotel, Washington, DC, 1987

    "I am a photographer who is sociologically and relentlessly concerned about the nature of mankind’s need to join in or remain outside the crowd. I believe these are the two issues that define humankind’s existence." – Neal Slavin

    Coney Island Polar Bear Club, Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York

    “My group portraits are like maps. We tend to look into the pictures and become fascinated by the multitude of faces within the entire work. This is similar to reading a map and discovering the relationship of each town and city to the state and the nation.” – Neal Slavin

    Santa's Helpers, Tastee Diner, Silver Springs, Maryland

    “I want to photograph who we are masquerading as in order to discover who we really are. While preparing a photograph I am fascinated to watch which people jockey for position; a shoulder in front of the next person, a bigger smile or a bigger frown that often steals the show. On the other hand there are people who purposefully recede from the camera’s eye.” – Neal Slavin

    Capitol Wrestling Association, Washington, DC, 1974

    Miss USA Pageant, New York, 1973

    “How do we look among our peers? There is a preoccupation about who we are and with whom we want to associate. Which group will enhance (sometimes even create) our individuality? I want to photograph this search for identity.” – Neal Slavin

    Freestate Fillies, hostesses at Freestate Raceway, Laurel, 1987

    Lady Dorothy Circle, Companions of the Forest of America, Jamaica, New York, 1973

    Hazardous Emergency Response Team, Washington, DC, 1987

    Marina Women's Bowling Club, Eastbourne, Sussex, 1984

    Performers at Hanger House, Washington, DC, 1987

    The Camera Club, Great Newport Street, London, 1984

    International Twins Association, Holiday Inn, Springfield, Illinois, 1973

    Society for Photographic Education, Rochester, New York, 1974

    The Troc Theater, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1974

    The lifeguards of Wild World Amusement Park, Largo

    Tai Kwon Do instructors, Washington, DC, 1987

    The Wheelmen, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, 1974

    Xavier High School, United States Army Junior, New York, 1974

    Male voice choir, Seventh Day Adventist Church, Holloway, London, 1983

    Sisters of the Redemptoristine Convent, Chudleigh, Devon, 1983

    Nassau Model Train Club, Baldwin, 1989

    Great Danes Breeders Association, the home of the treasurer, Ulcombe, Kent, 1984

    Bingo Club of the St Petersburg Shuffleboard and Duplicate Bridge Club, St Petersburg, Florida, 1974

    Aircraft restoration technicians, the National Air & Space Museum’s Paul E. Garber Facility, Maryland, 1987

    Channel Swimming Association, Dover, Kent, 1984

    Pugs, New York