TOD PAPAGEORGE: Studio 54, 1978-1980

Studio 54, 1978-1980
Photograph (c) Tod Papageorge /All Rights Reserved
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Studio 54, 1978-1980
Photograph (c) Tod Papageorge /All Rights Reserved

Studio 54, 1978-1980
Photograph (c) Tod Papageorge /All Rights Reserved

Studio 54, 1978-1980
Photograph (c) Tod Papageorge /All Rights Reserved

Galerie Thomas Zander presents its first exhibition of works by the American photographer Tod Papageorge. On view is a series of seventy black and white photographs from the legendary New York night club Studio 54, that was frequented by the likes of Andy Warhol, Liza Minnelli, Mick Jagger and Grace Jones. Papageorge always had his camera at hand and between 1978 and 1980 he celebrated with the rich and beautiful, the artists and starlets; even today viewers can witness the eccentric and hedonistic party nights in his photographs. They revive the feeling of the disco era and express a profoundly urban spirit of directness, which condensed in New York at that time.

In the 1960s, Tod Papageorge had a close artistic exchange with Garry Winogrand. Both artists used to meet almost daily to take photographs in the streets of New York. During those days, some icons of photography history originated, which with their intuition and intensity exude a unique kind of lightness. As a recipient of two Guggenheim Fellowships and a teaching professor at Yale University for many years, Papageorge’s influence on contemporary photography can hardly be overestimated.

Renowned photographers like Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Gregory Crewdson, or Anna Gaskell were among his students. All of Tod Papageorge’s works are based on an interest in people as social beings. Be it his images of sports stadiums, his photographs of everyday life in Central Park or the images from Studio 54, in all his photographs people are characterized through the group they belong to and their experience of the present moment. His works are intense portraits of America marked by a powerful authenticity. (text courtesy of Galerie Thomas Zander)

January 25 – April 12, 2014
Galerie Thomas Zander
Schönhauser Str. 8, 50968 Köln, Germany


Richard Dupont said...

I enjoyed your Interview with Tod. And was happy to discover a few photo's he took of myself and my Twin Brother at Studio 54. They were the best of times.

I am writing a book right now on my life with Freddie Mercury and the Studio 54/Warhol era.

elizabeth avedon said...

Richard, I'm looking forward to reading it!

Robert Duponttwin said...

How wonderful and honored I am in the Studio 54 show.

Kairos said...

Dear Mrs. Avedon

I also enjoyed your interview very much and would like to point our that not only Thomas Zander in Colgone is showing Tod Papageorge but also gallery focus21 is exhibiting him plus showing works from his series: Passing Through Eden and American Sports.
Until March 29, 2014.


All the best
Oliver Roehl, director