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Special Books : Studio 54 by Tod Papageorge


Studio 54, published by Stanley/Barker and edited by Thomas Zander, brings together a collection of photographs by renowned photographer, Tod Papageorge, taken in the late 1970s. They are a blast from a past filled with all the decadency, vibrancy and glamour of New York’s most infamous club, Studio 54.

In Tod Papageorge’s own words, “The 67 photographs in this book were made between 1978-80 in Studio 54, a New York discothèque that, for a handful of years, was the place where celebrities, partygoers, and those crazy for dancing most wanted to be and be seen. Because of this, it was difficult to get into: the imperturbable doormen who doled out access according to rules that only they seemed to know made sure of it. The most evident way of winning them over was to be beautiful, but only the famous or socially connected could assume that they’d be shooed around the flock of hopefuls milling on the street side of the entrance rope and through the door. Once inside, though, everyone there seemed thrilled by the fact, no matter how they managed to accomplish it, a feeling fed by the throbbing music and the brilliantly designed interior, which, from night to night, could suggest anything from Caliban’s cave to a harem.”

Studio 54
Tod Papageorge
120pp (67 B + W Duotone illustrations)
10”x12” / 254x203mm
Pub Date: 13 November 2014
Stanley/Barker Editions
Price: UK £40 / EUR €50 / US $68
ISBN: 9780956992215

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