Candid Photos Taken At Malls Across America In 1989

Shopping malls reached their peak level of awesomeness in the 80s, when they became the ultimate place for families to shop while their teens hung out and totally teened it up.

Anybody who visited a large mall in the 80s will remember the teen tribes who hung about, their clothing style-specific cliques making them stand out amidst the sea of shoppers.

But malls weren't just for bored teens- in many states they were the only place to go for one-stop shopping, and with the climate-controlled environment and massive food courts people never had to go home.

Michael Galinsky was 20-years-old when he decided to travel across America in one whirlwind month of 1989, capturing candid moments inside malls for a book entitled Malls Across America.

Michael's photos have a wonderful bystander quality about them, placing the viewer squarely in the scene so they can check out these eerily familiar environments from the inside.

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Seeing people smoking in the mall reminds me how it used to be allowed. Try that today and you'd have an angry mob on your tail. Same goes for the mullets.
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