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so80s: A photographic Diary of a decade

With a career spanning three decades, Patrick McMullan is one of the world’s most celebrated party, fashion, and society photographers. Possessing status on par with his subjects, McMullan knows the intricate connections of those exalted few who live behind the velvet ropes. His relentless documentation of the famous figures who made New York City's nightlife the definition of decadence in the age of excess is collected for the first time in the book so8os: A Photographic Diary of a Decade.

Patrick McMullan began his career in the early 1980's shooting the downtown scene alongside nightclub scribe Stephen Saban for the original Details magazine, with nothing more than an Instamatic camera and the encouragement of Andy Warhol. In so8os, he brings us back into the exclusive world of glamour and glitz as it was experienced by the era’s greatest fashion, music, and art icons that mixed uptown elitism with downtown eccentricity in New York City’s nightlife. Shot in such legendary nightspots as Studio 54, Area, Danceteria, Limelight, and the Cat Club, so8os features unreleased photos from the Patrick McMullan archives. In this book, McMullan shares with us his photographic diary that holds the essence of New York characters and night crawlers.


In 2012 a selection of photographfs from the book was displayed at c/o The Maidstone.