When he was sent by The Village Voice to cover an awards presentation dinner at Studio 54 in the 1970s, photographer Bill Bernstein stuck around after the party concluded and bought ten new rolls of film, amazed by the regular disco crowd that began to pour in. At a time when gay liberation, the women’s rights movement, and racial equality were coming to a head, people of all types converged on the dance floor, reveling in the new, democratic release that New York City nightlife promised. Recently published in his celebrated book, Disco: The Bill Bernstein Photographs, these images relay the sheer excitement of the raucous, at times scandalous, party that abounded in the 1970s and to which Bernstein bore direct witness.

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Paradise Garage DJ Larry Levan, 1979
Lot Number 104
Archival pigment print on photo rag satin
17 x 22 in (43.18 x 55.88 cm)
Edition of 10
Signed in pencil on recto

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Paradise Garage DJ Larry Levan
  • Dimensions
    17 x 22 in (43.18 x 55.88 cm)