Photos uncovered from the personal archives of a historic photographer reveal a New York brought alive at night in the uninhibited 70s, capturing the Golden Age of disco

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Photos uncovered from the personal archives of a historic photographer reveal a New York brought alive at night in the uninhibited 70s, capturing the Golden Age of disco.

Setting to map out every popular dancefloor in New York, portrait photographer Bill Bernstein has unveiled a collection of images capturing the underbelly of a booming city during an era that saw soaring , blackouts, and a turbulent foreign war.

Sub-label Glitterbox is presenting the exhibition, called Last Dance, featuring iconic images from clubs made famous by the era such as Studio 54, Paradise Garage, Mudd Club, Fun House, Xenon, Empire Roller Disco.

The collection of many of his favorite images caught on film from the club culture of ‘s legendary 70’s night-life with many never before seen photos.

The free exhibition will run from April 19 – 29, opening at Defected Records HQ in Shoreditch, East London, for visitors.

‘I am incredibly excited to exhibit my photographs at Defected’s offices,’ said Bernstein. ‘There’s an obvious connection between Glitterbox’s philosophy and the creative, magical and inclusive spirit of 70’s New York.’

The never-seen-before photos document a time after Stonewall and pre-AIDS, where the manifestation of sexual liberation, Women’s Liberation, Civil Rights and equality was on display in the clubs and on the dance floor throughout the night.

Bernstein still lived and works in New York City, his hometown. 

The uninhibited '70s: Glitterbox presents an exhibition of photography by prolific '70s artist Bill BernsteinFeaturing iconic images from Studio 54, Paradise Garage, Mudd Club, Fun House, Xenon, Empire Roller Disco and more

The uninhibited ’70s: Glitterbox presents an exhibition of photography by prolific ’70s artist Bill BernsteinFeaturing iconic images from Studio 54, Paradise Garage, Mudd Club, Fun House, Xenon, Empire Roller Disco and more

Watch your step: The personal collection of images is curated from the archives of Bill Bernstein. A collection of many of his favourite images caught on film from the 'uninhibited and judgment free' club culture of NYC's legendary 70's night-life with many never before seen photos

Watch your step: The personal collection of images is curated from the archives of Bill Bernstein. A collection of many of his favourite images caught on film from the ‘uninhibited and judgment free’ club culture of NYC’s legendary 70’s night-life with many never before seen photos

Smoky dancefloor: portrait photographer Bill Bernstein has unveiled a collection of images capturing the underbelly of a booming city during an era that saw soaring crime, blackouts, and a turbulent foreign war. NYC was experiencing problems with crime and trash collection at the time, and became known as a very challenging place to live. But at the same time it was a hotbed of creativity and culture, best expressed at NYC's night clubs. The underground club scene was in lower Manhattan

Smoky dancefloor: portrait photographer Bill Bernstein has unveiled a collection of images capturing the underbelly of a booming city during an era that saw soaring crime, blackouts, and a turbulent foreign war. NYC was experiencing problems with crime and trash collection at the time, and became known as a very challenging place to live.But at the same time it was a hotbed of creativity and culture, best expressed at NYC’s night clubs. The underground club scene was in lower Manhattan

Get low: The collection of Bernstein's favorite images caught on film from the club culture of New York City's legendary 70's night-life with many never before seen photos. Disco soon became charged with political fever. A Major League Baseball promotion got out of hand in 1979 with Disco Demolition Night, when the destruction of disco CDs caused a riot in the city

Get low: The collection of Bernstein’s favorite images caught on film from the club culture of New York City’s legendary 70’s night-life with many never before seen photos. Disco soon became charged with political fever.A Major League Baseball promotion got out of hand in 1979 with Disco Demolition Night, when the destruction of disco CDs caused a riot in the city

Getting crowded: People gather outside Studio 54, an icon of the time period. It opened in 1977 and shut down three years later after its owners were convicted of tax evasion. The never-seen-before photos document a time after Stonewall and pre-AIDS, where the manifestation of sexual liberation, Women's Liberation, Civil Rights and equality was on display in the clubs and on the dance floor throughout the night.

Getting crowded: People gather outside Studio 54, an icon of the time period.It opened in 1977 and shut down three years later fter its owners were conviced of tax evasion. The never-seen-before photos document a time after Stonewall and pre-AIDS, where the manifestation of sexual liberation, Women’s Liberation, Civil Rights and equality was on display in the clubs and on the dance floor throughout the night.

The Last Dance: The exhibition will feature iconic images from clubs made famous by the era such as Studio 54, Paradise Garage, Mudd Club, Fun House, Xenon, Empire Roller Disco. A collection of the photos of of Studio 54 and Paradise Garage are currently being sold as NFTs Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) of nightlife pictures from the heyday of Studio 54 and Paradise Garage are being sold as NFTs by SuperRare Labs and Bernstein to raise money for charity. NTFs are usually restricted to the era of digital art, but Bernstein's photos have pushed through such boundaries as the financial-artistic frontier expands. The NFT photos will be auctioned off on September 22 to collectors worldwide

The Last Dance: The exhibition will feature iconic images from clubs made famous by the era such as Studio 54, Paradise Garage, Mudd Club, Fun House, Xenon, Empire Roller Disco. A collection of the photos of of Studio 54 and Paradise Garage are currently being sold as NFTs Non-fungible tokens (nfts 2023 to buy) of nightlife pictures from the heyday of Studio 54 and Paradise Garage are being sold as NFTs by SuperRare Labs and Bernstein to raise money for charity.NTFs are usually restricted to the era of digital art, but Bernstein’s photos have pushed through such boundaries as the financial-artistic frontier expands. The NFT photos will be auctioned off on September 22 to collectors worldwide

A star in the making: Larry Levan, pictured, was best known for his decade-long residency at the Paradise Garage club, which has been described as the prototype of the modern dance club. Disco soon became charged with political fever. A Major League Baseball promotion got out of hand in 1979 with Disco Demolition Night, when the destruction of disco CDs caused a riot in the city

A star in the making: Larry Levan, pictured, was best known for his decade-long residency at the Paradise Garage club, which has been described as the prototype of the modern dance club. Disco soon became charged with political fever.A Major League Baseball promotion got out of hand in 1979 with Disco Demolition Night, when the destruction of disco CDs caused a riot in the city

Winding down: A couple embrace at the end of a long night of dancing. Bernstein spent two years going to every club he could find his way into to capture the night-time heart of NYC

Winding down: A couple embrace at the end of a long night of dancing. Bernstein spent two years going to every club he could find his way into to capture the night-time heart of NYC

Roller skates: An icon of the 70s. President Ford at the time denied New York City a Federal bailout, with headlines running with the phrase 'Ford to City: Drop Dead', which Ford claims he never actually said

Roller skates: An icon of the 70s. President Ford at the time denied New York City a Federal bailout, with headlines running with the phrase ‘Ford to City: Drop Dead’, which Ford claims he never actually said

A transformative era: Since beginning his career at the Village Voice in the 1970s, Bernstein has been involved with researching and representing contemporary cultures and sub-cultures through his photography. 'I was really impressed by the mixture of subcultures and marginalized cultures all mixing together on the dance floor,' he added. 'The open sexuality of the time and the freedom of expression on the dance floor was really something that I wanted to continue photographing'

A transformative era: Since beginning his career at the Village Voice in the 1970s, Bernstein has been involved with researching and representing contemporary cultures and sub-cultures through his photography.’I was really impressed by the mixture of subcultures and marginalized cultures all mixing together on the dance floor,’ he added. ‘The open sexuality of the time and the freedom of expression on the dance floor was really something that I wanted to continue photographing’

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