November 2, 2014

Mall Series: 21 Photographs Capture Daily Life of People at Shopping Malls in the 1980s

From fashionable teenagers dressed in their finest clothes to an older woman simply sitting on a bench with her walking stick, this series of photographs capture what people looked like when they ventured out to the mall three decades ago.

The photo series called Mall Series, offers a glimpse of the teenagers, staff, and shoppers who were nicknamed 'Mall Rats,' and enjoyed nothing better than spending hours in the shopping centers in the 1980s.

In 1984, the photographer, who had just begun teaching at Clark University, lived only a short walk away from the bustling mall and was given exclusive access to photograph its inhabitants. Over the course of three years, he became as much fixture of the complex as the stores it housed, known universally by its security personnel, who he explains would often allow him to photograph young rowdy mall-goers before stepping in to control the situation. Limited only by the owners’ mandate that he not capture any obscene moments, DiRado amassed a collection of thousands of images featuring characters of all ages.

(Photos by Stephen DiRado)


  1. Now if you so much as walk into a mall with a camera you're tailed by security and asked to leave if you dare to photograph anything. "Photography not permitted."

  2. You can blame John Paul II the Antichrist for the 1980's freak show:
    The Antichrist Revealed: The Beast that Was, and Is Not, Has Returned -

    Critical information on the faith of Christ and how Rome has lost the Catholic faith:

  3. I remember shopping at Lerner's i high school! Funny!

  4. That's some perturbed pics!

  5. There's nothing more 80s than a leotard shop

  6. Anyone know what mall this is?

  7. The Worcester Center Galleria.



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