On display at lmno:
Night Fever – The Bill Bernstein Photographs
Bill Bernstein is an American photographer. Since beginning his career at the Village Voice in the 1970s, his work has captured a variety of subjects from celebrities and rock stars to urban subcultures. Bernstein first came to prominence through his candid photographic series on New York City’s nightlife of the late 1970s. Influenced by classic image makers such as Richard Avedon, Diane Arbus, and Irving Penn, Bernstein broke new ground documenting the golden age of discos and nightclubs such as the famed Studio 54 where sexual liberation, freedom of expression, and inclusion of diversity reigned supreme.
Through his open and unflinching lens each photograph takes the spectator into a secret world that was post-Stonewall and pre-AIDS, and chronicles a unique period in contemporary American history. These highly sought after images from the late ’70s are sold in galleries around the world and grace the walls of serious collectors of fine art photography. Bernstein’s work is exhibited internationally and in the U.S., most recently in the exhibition “Night Fever: New York Disco 1977-1979,” at Manhattan’s Museum of Sex as well as the exhibition “Electro: From Kraftwerk to Daft Punk” at Design Museum, London. He is the author of three books: Night Dancin’ (Ballantine Books, 1980), Each One Believing: Paul McCartney On Stage, Off Stage, and Backstage (Chronicle Books, 2004) and DISCO: The Bill Bernstein Photographs (Reel Art Press, 2015).