Tod Papageorge’s book showcases the infamous den of debauchery in all its glory.
Formerly used as television studio by CBS, the Manhattan space that housed Studio 54 was turned into a night club by Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager in 1977. In little time it became one of the Disco era’s defining night spots, with regular guests including Andy Warholl, Mick Jagger, James Brown and Elton John amongst many others. Although it was immensely succesful, corrupt ownership and legal troubles meant the club was only open until 1980 – with both Schrager and Rubell spending 13 months in prison for tax evasion at the end of its 33 month run. Despite its brief tenure, Studio 54 became – and is still regarded as, a by-word for excess and one of the archetypes of the contemporary nightclub experience.
In his new book ‘Studio 54’, Amercian photographer Tod Papageorge has featured 66 images of the club at its glitter covered peak. The pictures – some of which you can see below, viscerally display the glamour and absurdity of this iconic space.
‘Studio 54’ is published by Stanley Barker. You can buy it here.