Disco

While New York City's late-70s nightlife scene has been well immortalized, there are still photos from the era and its glitzy haunts -- Studio 54, Xenon, the Mudd Club, and Hurrah, among them -- that capture your imagination. Such is the case with Bill Bernstein's images, many of which have never been published, that appear in a new book and new exhibit appropriately -- and simply -- titled, Disco. For the most part, Bernstein chose not to focus his lens on the famous faces we've seen a million times (Bianca Jagger, Liza Minnelli, Andy Warhol et al.) and instead shot, in his words, "the Posers. The Watchers. The Posers watching other Posers watching the Watchers, watching the Dancers, watching themselves." The resulting photographs show young people of all races, ethnicities, orientations and backgrounds letting loose under the shiny disco ball and tripping the light fantastic in a sea of lamé, glitter, speedos and skinny ties. The book, which comes out this month via Reel Art Press, coincides with an exhibit at London's Serena Morton Gallery running from December 3rd through January 24th, 2016. In the meantime, take a look at some of our favorite images from Bernstein's work.