Bernstein witnessed first hand the last days of the disco scene in New York, he photographed the regulars at Studio 54, Paradise Garage, Mudd Club, Hurrah and GG's Barnum Room.
Headlines may have been dominated by images of Bianca Jagger and Andy Warhol but Bernstein also captured the real faces of disco, the authentic, egalitarian crowd who lived and breathed the scene. Containing many previously unpublished photographs, this stunning exhibition celebrates the heart of the disco movement.
“Who were these people of the night...? It was the Posers. The Watchers. The Posers watching other Posers watching the Watchers, watching the Dancers, watching themselves.” Bernstein’s eye was drawn to the characters that lived for the night, rather than the celebrities, the unknown men and women who were transformed by the nightclub haze.
This exhibition, shown for the first time in the UK, accompanies the publication of Disco: The Bill Bernstein Photographs, released by Reel Art Press (www.reelartpress.com) on 16th November 2015. The exhibition features photography from the new book and a number of signed, limited edition artworks.
Disco: The Bill Bernstein Exhibition from 3rd December 2015 – 23rd January 2016. Serena Morton Gallery, 343-345 Ladbroke Grove, London W10 6HA.
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